Oliver Kay: Premier League elite powerless to stop rise of PSG


The Seagulls' last home game among the elite was a 1-0 defeat by Manchester City.

"We needed to do that because it was one of the oldest teams in Europe, not just the Premier League, and we need to change it".

"It's going to be tough, very tough". There's a gulf between Albion and City.

Arsenal will kick-off the new Premier League campaign on Friday when they host Leicester City at the Emirates. "The market is so demanding for all the teams, not just Manchester City". That is the vibe you get in Brighton, but I wouldn't want anyone to think it's pious or pompous, it isn't that.

Liverpool lost an astonishing 18 points from winning positions last season.

Meanwhile, the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho, Enes Unal, Nolito, Fernando and Joe Hart have left the club.

"We spent the first three months in the bottom places".

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They have won their opening league match in each of the past six seasons, with Sergio Aguero scoring a total of five goals in those games. 'I feel the same pressure as I had last season.

'It's unsustainable, ' Guardiola said when asked about Premier League fees. "That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that".

City finished third last season, managing 12 clean sheets, five behind the division's best of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. And they are spending money as we speak. "It depends on many other circumstances but we've tried to buy good defenders but also creative players and strikers to score more goals". I'm going to be courageous and say the game will finish 4-0.

The Gunners showed signs of improvement at the end of last season and if they can keep that form - with new forward Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon giving them fresh firepower - their frustrated fans might enjoy an upturn in results after their worst finish in 21 years.

Rio Ferdinand - Ferdinand formed one of the best defensive partnerships that the league has ever seen with Nemanja Vidic, but his longevity gives him the edge over the Serbian.

The squad is surprisingly small, given the number of players Chelsea have loaned out to other clubs, and the departure of Matic leaves manager Antonio Conte hoping France's Tiemoue Bakayoko can quickly adapt after his arrival from Monaco. 'Hopefully next season I'll be here and we're not going to spend how we spent again, I can assure you of that.

"Guardiola has given the distinct impression that he is not wildly impressed with English football culture, nearly an air of disdain at times, and behind the scenes City have seen him be intense, irritable and demanding", says Matt Dickinson of The Times. "I am pleased with the business City have done in the transfer window so far".