City's mega-spending is a one-off, insists Guardiola

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Paul Merson believes Pep Guardiola will be the only person at fault if Manchester City fail to win the Premier League title this season.

Manchester City may have conceded 39 goals last season, but having a major summer haul should change things.

"The prime error was an unbending emphasis on attack that meant Guardiola expected all opposition to be snuffed out via ball retention and the notion City should score more no matter how many were conceded".

"We had one of the oldest teams in the Premier League so we chose to put energy in the team for the next five, six years", he said. We knew this at eight and nine, genuinely. "The talent of Phil Foden is obvious and it's a gift that Manchester City have got on their own doorstep". There's a gulf between Albion and City. Nevertheless, in recent times, the "gulls" have so far gone to the amendment that, as we see, they will perform in the Premier League this season.

It is always hard at this time of year to separate fact from fiction and it remains to be seen if the 18-year-old would be open to a move away from the principality, but his signing would represent a huge statement that City mean business both domestically and in Europe.

101 Great Goals prediction: 3-1 to the Sky Blues.

"It's important, but it's not absolutely essential to get the season off to a winning start".

"It is not just us". But then we won at Nottingham Forest (who were then European champions), gained some confidence, put some runs together, and finished well clear of the relegation zone.

"It's a wonderful game for the club and supporters, as a first game in the Premier League, but we have to make sure it's a good day for the team as well", said Hughton. "That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that". "We don't want to come away from any games with any regrets". You can throw a dart at random at their roster and hit a world-class player.

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"We are going to play both systems".

"Manchester City have the best team on paper", ex-England midfielder Owen Hargreaves told the Premier League official website. I'm going to be fearless and say the game will finish 4-0.

"I saw last season how tough the league is - it doesn't matter who the top teams are".

"That's what we expect from him".

"Pep Guardiola is one of the best managers in the world". It was not a shape in which they looked especially comfortable.

After last season's disappointing third place, City have spent more than £200m on players this summer and are ready to push beyond the £300m mark if they have to this summer.

However, just like the last time City faced Brighton, it won't be a simple task.

Manchester City has spent £200 million so far in the window and Guardiola admits it is not sustainable. Bernardo Silva will give us options in midfield and Ederson looks like a confident goalkeeper.

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