Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

We're buying three more players - Guardiola

We're buying three more players - Guardiola

Another addition has been Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva, who says Pep Guardiola's football philosophy was a key factor in his decision to join the club.

The 21-year-old winger is also a full Germany global and was part of his country's squad at EURO 2016, although he missed the FIFA Confederations Cup through injury, and Sane says his rapid development makes him feel like he is in a film.

"Now I'm ready to go back to this league and show everyone that I'm back".

"Six players were out of contract".

"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". Perhaps we've got to ensure that all our players give their all and hope that City are off-colour, but it can happen that way.

But those deals pale in comparison to City's spending and Hughton said: "Whatever City's starting team is against our starting team, there's no doubt there is going to be an incredibly massive difference". Guardiola is one of the world's super coaches having delivered trophy after trophy at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, playing some of the most impressive football in the history of the game. Instead, many look like hugely expensive punts. I'm going to be fearless and say the game will finish 4-0.

With Lukaku having seemingly been Chelsea's first choice, how the two strikers adapt to leading the line for title contenders is one of the Premier League's most enticing subplots, while Wayne Rooney's return to Goodison Park is one for the romantics.

"We want to put energy in the team for the next five years", said Guardiola. But as inevitably as dentists and taxes, we will find ourselves sucked in by marvellous goals, impossible saves, the ballet of teamwork, the thrust of individual brilliance, unimaginable underdogs, the revelation of new stars and the recurrence of old ones. But the solution is not changing players every season.

"We did it earlier", Guardiola concluded.

Spending by the league's 20 clubs has already passed the 1 billion pound mark, with the usually hectic final few days before deadline day on August 31 set to send that figure higher.

"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". Sooner or later it's going to finish.

Guardiola, who for the first time in his career ended last season without a medal, has spent more than £200m on players this summer. Only Chelsea and Spurs outscored City in the league last season....expect that to be reversed this season. 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.

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