Manchester City jet off to Brighton ahead of Premier League opener

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City finished third last season, managing 12 clean sheets, five behind the division's best of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. If John Stones can develop more this season under Guardiola, and Kompany can avoid long term injuries, then City may have a more consistent defense for the upcoming season compared to last season.

City spent around £120m on full-backs alone, with Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy replacing the four full-backs that left in the summer.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes the team is comfortable with the switch to three at the back as they have quality players who are very adaptable, the centre back said. "I signed a new contract and then I made a decision to stay, to work for this club, and then to try and give every day 120 per cent in the work for my club, for my players".

No other Premier League team has such depth, and few European giants have as much talented depth as City. But I think it is unsustainable.

"The season that happened wasn't just about what happened in our box".

Guardiola, a former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager, has yet to win a trophy since taking charge of City at the start of last season. "It will not be easy but we travel to win the game".

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Guardiola seemed unprepared for the rude physicality of English Football and was derided for saying he was "not a coach for the tackles" after a one-sided 4-2 defeat at Leicester City. I'm honest in my job. I was confident last season too.

"Hopefully next season I will be here and we will not spend how we spent this season", Guardiola told reporters ahead of City's Premier League opener at Brighton on Saturday. I feel the same pressure at Barcelona when I arrived. Ederson nailed down the number one goalie at Benfica last season, as he helped them reach a fourth consecutive League title.

"People say in my first press conference we are favourites".

"We know from working in pre-season on the training pitch what our game plan is going to be in most games". I hope I can prove I'm just as good as them.

City's Arab billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour has invested more than 200 million pounds in new players during the close-season adding to their already impressive attacking options and upgrading their identified "weak spots" at full-back and goalkeeper.