Man City's Pep Guardiola: I'm not under extra pressure this season


It's clear Guardiola's going to stick with his style of attacking, possession-based soccer, but if his side show the same vulnerability at the back as they did last season, it's going to become harder and harder to justify. Guardiola's side were unplayable at times, with a fluid front five of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and, once he arrived in January, Gabriel Jesus.

Pep Guardiola says he is not under any greater pressure after finishing his first season at Manchester City without a trophy. And of course it wouldn't be a Manchester City season preview if we didn't mention the fitness of Vincent Kompany. "Last season in my first news conference we were the favourites so nothing has changed".

"We can not forget that when we do something better than last season it's because we've been one year together".

Asked about extra pressure, he added: "It's the same pressure as I had last season".

"I have a feeling that we will score early and get a good win against Brighton on Saturday".

"The big fail now takes one week in football".

"If we do something good this season it's because we were together last season", said the City boss. We have to deal with that and handle that.

"There are going to be tough days, particularly away from home, but go into the season with confidence, no fear and be very much ready for the challenges ahead".

City has spent about 200 million pounds ($260 million) this offseason, mostly on full backs Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo, to follow on from about 170 million ($207 million) last summer.

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The City boss says that transfer fees can not continue to grow at the current case and expects them to level off at some point.

"I like to think I understand the offside rule well enough".

'It's going to finish.

But Guardiola said: "Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season".

The mistakes of last season must be learned from - that preseason tactical shift and move for Ederson suggests they have at least been recognised - if City are to mount a sustained challenge, but Guardiola now knows that he is in a six- or even seven-way fight for the title, rather than the two-horse race he had in Spain or the annual procession he enjoyed with Bayern. But not what happened this summer.

March believes that the high transfer fees are a reflection of the quality in the league but says Brighton are not intimidated by bigger teams or anxious by the general consensus that they will be relegated after just one season.

"We were not able with those players to find a solution".

'The solution isn't changing players every season.

Romelu Lukaku (75 million pounds): A long-drawn transfer saga came to an end when Manchester United completed the purchase of Lukaku from Everton.