Time and again the space behind City's ageing wide defenders was exposed last term, their exhausted legs leaving gaps that were exploited, most notably, by a rampant Leicester City in a 4-2 demolition in December.
Morata, who was frequently linked to Manchester United earlier in the year, said he felt "indebted" to new boss Antonio Conte, who he said was his preferred choice of manager.
They all moved in the current transfer window..
"It's going to be tough, very tough".
Manchester City (-325) should have a full complement of talent when it takes on Brighton and Hove Albion (+900) on Saturday.
Guardiola brought in players like Ederson, Bernardo Silva, Mendy, Walker and Danilo before the season kicks off. We played 3-4-3 with a diamond, it's such a demanding system, so attacking, but so demanding defensively, and we did it quite well, yet for me it doesn't matter as it's pre-season. They've already got off to a good start with a 1-0 win in the Europa League.
"Of course now the full-backs are younger, they have energy in their legs and we are going to use them". But then we won at Nottingham Forest (who were then European champions), gained some confidence, put some runs together, and finished well clear of the relegation zone.
Chelsea boss Conte expects six-team Premier League title race
Second season, things fell apart and, when the centre could not hold any longer, he was sacked from his job. The Blues then experienced yet another loss at the hands of Arsenal at Wembley in the FA Community Shield.
"We are just in a position to do quality work better than in the first".
Lifting the Premier League trophy after our game against Blackburn in May 1993 was the best night of my career. "That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that".
The City line-up for their 1-0 win was all-British but the eleven who will take the field on Saturday will be drawn from around the world - with even more global talent having been recruited during the close-season. To assess the other teams is not important for us.
"That group of players is going to stay for a long time at Manchester City", he said.
The 28-year-old Spain global, who scored 20 league goals for the Blues, remains exiled from the club after Conte told him he has no future at Stamford Bridge. "We were focused on the striker scoring goals and when it didn't happen we were in trouble".
"Jose is one of the best in the world".
They scored just 26 times at home, lower than the likes of Leicester City, Bournemouth, West Brom and relegated Hull City.
Pep Guardiola's debut season was undermined by a backline that conceded more than a goal a game, while defensive catastrophes also cost them in Europe as they were dumped out of the Champions League by Monaco in the last-16 despite hitting five past them in the first leg.