Saturday, 16 December, 2017

Manchester City are getting used to Guardiola's philosophy, says Yaya Toure

Kristopher Love | 12 August, 2017, 16:32

Last season was the first time in his managerial career that he finished a campaign without having added at least one trophy to his collection. In the next three or four years Manchester City will buy one, two, maybe three players.

City have spent around 200 million pounds ($259.46 million) to strengthen their squad in the close-season with other title contenders including Chelsea and Manchester United also spending heavily to bolster their teams.

"It's to try to put them in a better position to win the title".

However, City, who start their Premier League campaign at promoted Brighton on Saturday, always meant to give Guardiola time to reload and a pre-season spree has put him in position to get it right this time. They've already made three (Walker, Mendy and Danilo) which may be sufficient at the moment.

Like last season, there is still a bit of uncertainty in defence, especially when Vincent Kompany is not there, as we've seen some improvements after his return at the end of last season.

Guardiola will hope goalkeeper Ederson, acquired from Benfica for £34.9 million, is less error prone than Claudio Bravo, whose dismal season was a major factor in City's failed title challenge.

The Soccer Saturday pundits provide us with their predictions for who will win the Premier League, make the top for, go down and win the Golden Boot. Guardiola is a believer in possession-based attacking, so Brighton fans can expect a Premier League bow involving a lot of work off the ball.

Also worth noting that Burnley's away record last season was terrible, and their first five away games are at Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton and Manchester City, so it will be neon impossible to keep clean sheets in these games.

"I scored a goal in that game against Venezuela and it was the first time that I celebrated with a gesture for my mother".

"You've got to be able to overcome those hard experiences that are going to come in this league".

"We make good things last season with the player we had", he said. "I'm not going to change the way I want to play".

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. "This group of players is going to stay for a long time at Manchester City". I know a lot of the pundits are going for City but you feel like this is a Guardiola team now. "Hopefully she doesn't understand it better than me".

"Most of the players - Sergio [Aguero], Raz [Raheem Sterling], Leroy [Sane], Gabriel [Jesus], Bernardo Silva - all of them are young and will stay for the future".

It's the newboys versus the heavyweights as Chris Hughton's team go up against the two-time Premier League champions.