Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Guardiola admits double injury blow ahead of Brighton clash

Guardiola admits double injury blow ahead of Brighton clash

Kyle Walker cost them £50m, while City also went hard after full-backs Benjamin Mendy and Danilo, also adding Bnefica goalkeeper Ederson into the mix.

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Jonathan Pearce: "Living 10 minutes away from the Amex Stadium, I've witnessed at close hand the Sussex buzz since promotion". The combative warrior of that first wave of Man United success under Alex Ferguson, the former Ireland captain could drag his side up by the scruff of the neck and lead them to win matches that they thought were long gone.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola expects to spend less on players next season after a big splash-out in the current transfer window, saying today's squad had been put together with an eye on the future.

With exciting Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus now fit and ready, Guardiola has a second striking threat alongside Sergio Aguero to compliment the creative talents of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane.

The City boss didn't specify if they would be incomings or outgoings, but is known to want another attacker and a centre-back to further strengthen his squad.

"For us, we're up against top-class opposition that will have more possession than we do".

"We spoke and I saw last season how tough is this league.The teams that arrive, in the first four, five, six games they are so complicated".

"We know better, I know better and they know me better".

I just think Manchester City have strengthened in all the right areas where they needed to.

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"I think sooner or later it is going to finish", he said.

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While City are intimidating opposition, Brighton will go into the game with the adrenalin of promotion still pumping through their veins.

"Buying from the same league is more hard".

Brighton knocked City out of the League Cup on penalties in 2008 following a 2-2 draw at the Withdean Stadium.

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Anthony Knockaert was directly involved in more league goals than any other Championship midfielder in 2016-17, with 15 goals and eight assists. "Last season in my first press conference we were the favourites so nothing has changed".

After spending millions in the window, will the likes of Man United and Man City display nearly flawless football, or will they fail to meet their silverware aspirations this season?

While in charge at Bayern Munich he was rarely challenged, but there appears to be four or five teams that could scoop the top prize in England at present. The Argentine has scored against 29 of the other 30 clubs he's played against, only failing to score versus Bolton Wanderers.

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