Brighton v Manchester City - How do the teams compare?

Manchester City's manager Pep Guardiola during the FA Premier League match against West Ham United at the City of Manchester Stadium Lane

"We just made it for 60-70 percent for the chances we created and that's poor", he said.

"We decided last season we could change the team to make the team younger for the next four or five years".

The Manchester United boss did secure silverware in his first campaign with triumphs in the EFL Cup and the Europa League.

The club had planned to move for Southampton and England left-back Ryan Bertrand before Dani Alves, who was expected to join on a free transfer to compete with Kyle Walker at right-back, chose PSG.

There should not be any shoehorning of players into unfamiliar roles this season after Guardiola signed three top-level full-backs - Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo - at a combined cost of around £124 million.

"It's the same pressure as I had last season", Guardiola explained.

Manchester City endured a bad campaign last term but the Citizens have looked extremely good during pre-season following the many signings they have made.

"Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we have this season".

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

The Argentinian bagged 20 league goals in 31 appearances last season, winning Guardiola over with some stunning late form, while Dunk was named in the Championship team of the year.

Jesus ended last season with seven goals in eight Premier League starts, although arguably his two most famous strikes were disallowed for offside.

"I think when the other players got their tactics off the manager and it was a little bit hard for them".

Also worth noting that Burnley's away record last season was terrible, and their first five away games are at Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton and Manchester City, so it will be neon impossible to keep clean sheets in these games.

"We didn't have full-backs and you have to buy full-backs", the Spaniard added.

"I never complained for one bad game or bad defeat, making excuses, never, even in Germany I never said that, never in my life I make an excuse about what happened". "I'm a big fan of his, both of his football and his humility".

"The group of players this season are going to stay here for a long time".

I think Gylfi Sigurdsson will go so Swansea have got a few weeks to replace their most important player, while Stoke could also disappoint, so there's plenty of teams in the mix for me, but I think Huddersfield could cause a few surprises and stay up. Another trophy-less season will likely be deemed another failure and expectations, as such, are high in the Premier League, with an eye too on the Champions League semi-final at the very least.

They'll also face the Merseyside teams both at home, sandwiching their third tie away to Bournemouth and then away to Watford - a side with which they concluded their last campaign.

"We need something more, a little something extra" - Pep Guardiola, after the West Ham friendly.

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