Guardiola unmoved by Manchester City favourite tag

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"We are going to see at the end of the season what happens".

"It was the proposal they presented me, this is a club with big ambition to win trophies this season".

Many pundits have made City their preseason favourites but, ahead of their Premier League opener at Brighton on Saturday, Guardiola does not feel under any more strain to deliver silverware.

He added: "We played four games, one with four at the back and the last three with three at the back".

He believes that night was a crucial juncture in his career and one of the main reasons he is now a City player.

"We have spent, of course, but all the teams have spent", he continued.

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"Like every club that´s promoted to the Premier League, it´s to finish 17th or higher".

"We finished the contracts of five or six players and in the last six or seven years Manchester City didn't buy full-backs, so we had to buy full-backs".

"If we can keep (captain) Vincent Kompany fit and in the team alongside the new signings, then I think we have everything ready for a very successful 2017/18 campaign". We try to attack more fluently, and more times maybe this season, but it's a process to do that and sometimes you need a little bit more time. Mendy and Walker will most likely be the starting left and right backs, with Danilo backing both of them up, as he is well suited to play both positions.

City had one of the oldest squads in the Premier League last season with an average age of 28.9 years.

With Man City spending around £202m on first team players and an astonishing £159m spent exclusively on defenders and goalkeepers, it would appear that Pep Guardiola finally has the right back line and goalie at City. I´m going to be courageous and say the game will finish 4-0. Man City failed to impress in the Champions League as well, as they exited the competition in the round of 16 to Monaco.

Mendy also struggled with injuries last season but still managed to make 25 Ligue 1 appearances for Monaco as Leonardo Jardim's side won France's top flight, contributing five assists. When I am not playing or training, I watch football all the time. "Last season in my first news conference we were the favourites so nothing has changed".

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