It has been another strong showing of City’s financial muscle but Guardiola insists the club have only paid market rates and such major rebuilding work is a one-off.
What isn’t clear here is that if this was his opinion or something that he knows is going to happen, but the 32-year-old did reveal that Pep has told him that he will not be used as a full-back again this season, only in his natural central midfield role. I know a lot of the pundits are going for City but you feel like this is a Guardiola team now. In the next three or four years Manchester City will buy one, two, maybe three players.
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. Twenty-five years of the Premier League and he calls it “the most watched, the most followed all around the world”.
Guardiola also pointed out City were not alone in the high-spending stakes during a summer which has seen the world transfer record smashed with Neymar’s £200.6million move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.
City’s Football was, occasionally, dazzling and they were only outscored by champions Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, but finding an effective defensive configuration gave Guardiola a constant headache.
“Very fast, tactically disciplined and able to play on either flank, Sané is ideal for Pep Guardiola“.
“Of course now the full-backs are younger, they have energy in their legs and we are going to use them”.
We were a lot bigger than many people have known us since then.
“So yes we’ll look at as many good experiences as we can do, and that’s for the whole of the season, not just the start”.
Guardiola believes the Neymar deal has over-inflated the market to levels that can not be maintained. Sooner or later it’s going to finish.
Ouch. On the opening day of the top-flight season, that was a hurtful one from Pep Guardiola.
Gundogan made 16 appearances for City last season before suffering cruciate ligament damage in his knee last December.
You’ve got to question which teams will make the Premier League a priority over Europe and I think Guardiola would take the Premier League over the Champions League because it’s the title missing from his CV.
“The teams that arrive, in the first four, five, six games they are so complicated”. Every game is a pressure game but we will go in and try to get something from it.