Same manager, same tactics, better players - Guardiola lays out Man City blueprint

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- the record for most promotions to, and most relegations from, the Premier League.

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

"My family and I were fortunate enough to travel across seven states, driving over 2,000 miles, following Manchester City on tour (in America) this summer and we had the most fantastic time".

Ready to begin their debut Premier League campaign Brighton takes on Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.

John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi need Kompany playing with them, and we'll see all three together quite a few times this season as Pep has used a back three in preseason and it gave him some great results and performances.

"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". When you add quantity to quality, its hard to beat.

"I was confident then too", the coach admitted.

Chelsea were the last team to win a league and FA Cup double in 2009/10, eight seasons ago, becoming the seventh side to do so.

"We have spent, of course, but all the teams have spent".

"I'm very, very happy. But we try to win the game". I'm not going to say we are going to play all the season in that system, we are going to play different systems, but the fundamentals will be the same. I'm going to be fearless and say the game will finish 4-0.

If Kompany stays fit, City's status as Premier League favourites looks understandable but if he gets injured again, it might not matter how many goals they score at the other end.

Guardiola said the current spike in football transfer spending, which culminated in Neymar's recent world record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for 222 million euros (£200 million, $260 million), had been building for some time.

Excitement gleams in the faces of our players during their final push before Brighton! I saw him on the TV last season, but it will depend on how he and the other players adjust to the Premier League.

Back among the elite for the first time in 34 years after finishing second in the Championship, Brighton will not have to wait long for an indication of just how tough it will be to retain that long-prized status.

"I am pleased with the business City have done in the transfer window so far". In Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy, City will have the most potent tandem of wing backs in the Premier League, whilst Danilo will be no poor cover for Walker should he go down on the right.

City's Arab billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour has invested more than £200m in new players for the coming season, adding to already impressive attacking options and upgrading identified "weak spots" at full-back and goalkeeper. 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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