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Guardiola: Intelligent Bernardo Silva ready to make immediate Manchester City impact

And when his fee was eclipsed to capture Benjamin Mendy from Monaco, Pep Guardiola's desire to address what had been the glaring problem positions of his first season in England was clear.

The south coast club's last home game in the top flight was a 1-0 defeat by City on May 7 1983. In the 34 years since we have experienced highs and very many lows. Still, the north London club has kept its key talent - notably Harry Kane and Dele Alli who scored 47 league goals between them last season.

Guardiola also stated that he expected a tough game against Brighton. There's a gulf between Albion and City. Twice the British transfer record was broken to sign him (£18m by Leeds in 2000 and £30m by Man United in 2002), and his style of play was so far removed from the traditional English approach (i.e. obsessed with physicality and "hoofing it") that it blazed a trail for a new generation of ball-playing centre-backs in the country.

"We don't have full backs to go up and down, up and down", Pep said in April after a goalless draw with rivals Manchester United.

The ABBA system is said to favour the team that goes second, as it removes the psychological disadvantage of always having to play catch-up, and it will also be used in the Checkatrade Trophy and in the EFL play-offs.

Their summer signings have improved the team and I don't think Pep Guardiola has stopped spending yet.

Guardiola: Intelligent Bernardo Silva ready to make immediate Manchester City impact

"We spent the first three months in the bottom places". 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. "That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that". "This group of players is going to stay for a long time at Manchester City". "But he is a great loss for us".

"We won't spend like this season again, I assure you", Guardiola explained. 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. I'm going to be courageous and say the game will finish 4-0.

Brighton could be the 31st different team that Sergio Aguero has faced in the Premier League. I think we're in for plenty of goals and a decent City win.

Patrick Vieira - Vieira's aggression was coupled with the competitive arrogance and touch of flair one would expect from a French player taught by Arsene Wenger in that Arsenal side. I saw him on the TV last season, but it will depend on how he and the other players adjust to the Premier League.

Llorente was a lifesaver last term but will miss the first few games with a broken arm and even then, at the age of 32, may take time to recover sharpness. I think we have addressed the defensive issues that we had last season and the players Guardiola has brought in are strong and fast.

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