Pep Guardiola forecasts end to Manchester City spending spree

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 worldwide talent having been recruited during the close-season.

To remedy that, the Catalan has overseen a £200million turnaround of City’s squad, with Ederson, Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy revolutionising City’s ageing back line.

March believes that the high transfer fees are a reflection of the quality in the league but says Brighton are not intimidated by bigger teams or anxious by the general consensus that they will be relegated after just one season.

“I would like in three or four passes to score a goal, but sometimes it’s not possible and you have to move them [the opposition] a little bit more, and because our strikers are not Peter Crouch, our strikers are completely different, they are not strong in the air”.

“We finished the contracts of five or six players and in the last six or seven years Manchester City didn’t buy full-backs, so we had to buy full-backs”. “In terms of business and economics”, the Manchester City manager says, “it is the best by far. We will maybe change one important player“.

City’s Arab billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour has invested more than 200 million pounds in new players during the close-season adding to their already impressive attacking options and upgrading their identified “weak spots” at full-back and goalkeeper.

On the domestic front, Manchester United signed Romelu Lukaku in a deal that could amount to £90million while Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton have also paid some big fees.

Guardiola said, as quoted by City’s website: “No [Mendy and Gundogan are not fit]”.

“We are going to see at the end of the season what happens”, he indicated.

“The club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed”.

Guardiola believes the Neymar deal has over-inflated the market to levels that can not be maintained. But I think it is unsustainable.

Manchester City’s unfamiliarity with Brighton and Hove Albion can help Chris Hughton’s promoted side start their Premier League campaign with an upset win on Saturday, midfielder Solly March has said.

Speaking on his chances in the upcoming PL, the ex Bayern Munchen boss said; “Last season at my first press conference we were favourites, so nothing has changed”.

During a challenging introduction to the Premier League last season, Guardiola famously asked: “What is tackles?” The first four, five, six games are so complicated, especially away.