Why Manchester City are favorites to win the Premier League

Pep Guardiola

Guardiola has added five first-team players courtesy of an estimated £200million spending spree in the close-season, overhauling City's defence in particular.

Defenders Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo have all arrived at the Etihad Stadium along with goalkeeper Ederson and midfielder Bernardo Silva to take City's expenditure to £217 million ($281 million, 238 million euros).

March believes that the high transfer fees are a reflection of the quality in the league but says Brighton are not intimidated by bigger teams or anxious by the general consensus that they will be relegated after just one season.

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

This young star has ice in his veins and is already banging the back of the net on numerous occasions during pre-season, most noticeably against Real Madrid and Spurs.

City players also have had another season and preseason to work on and adapt to life under Pep and adjust to his tactics.

Seagulls manager Chris Hughton will test himself against Blues boss Pep Guardiola who has so far spent £200 million this summer on new recruits.

"We did it earlier, so we were lucky because now it would be so much more expensive with what has happened in the last weeks".

"It's going to be a challenge for everybody but we'll take it in our stride, compete and we'll surprise a few people", March told The Times newspaper. "If we get on top, we have got to make it count and get the fans right behind us", he said.

"That is why the club was clever to do that because we anticipated what we needed and we tried to do our best, not just for next season but the future".

Playing three at the back may enable Guardiola to associate Aguero and Jesus in attack, after he generally used a single-striker system last season following Jesus's arrival in January. "But we try to win the game".

Even though it guarantees Champions League football once again, they will surely hope to surpass the last-16 mark this season, and avoiding a midway exit in the EFL Cup, or even a late dismissal in the FA Cup. "The market is what it is but sooner or later it is going to finish".

Or Jesus to save your season at Man City?

He led them to a remarkable start - winning their first 10 games in all competitions and beating Jose Mourinho's Manchester United at old Trafford in the process.

But the Catalan said: "I feel the same pressure".

"My experience of being a manager, always the beginning of the season the new ones are the toughest ones".

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