Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City - fans' View

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Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City - fans' View

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said the club will curb their transfer spending in future years after a huge outlay on players during the close season.

City's defence will be drastically different to the side that kicked off last season when City beat Sunderland 2-1 in Guardiola's first game in charge.

Guardiola has admitted such a lacklustre performance would have seen him sacked at his previous clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Manchester City were strong 6-4 favorites to top the Premier League last season, but a poor run of form in the autumn cost them dearly.

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.

With Guardiola it is anyone's guess but in pre-season City have played 3-5-2, with Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero paired up front.

Although both Foden and Brahim have shone as No.10s for City's youth teams, Brahim would be used in a wide role by Guardiola next season, if no new forwards arrive this month.

When I am not playing or training, I watch football all the time'. "It depends on many other circumstances but we've tried to buy good defenders but also creative players and strikers to score more goals".

"I think sooner or later it will finish, it's unsustainable", he said of teams paying big fees.

We needed to do that because it was one of the oldest teams in Europe not just the Premier League and we need to change it. This group of players is going to stay for a long time at City. They're heavily tipped to end the season rock bottom, but the Terriers could give the first indication today that they're prepared to spring a surprise.

David Mooney is ESPN FC's Manchester City blogger.

The Seagulls have won just one of their last five opening fixtures to a league season (D1 L3).

There has been no significant strengthening of the squad this summer, and with Spurs forced to play their home games at Wembley this season, bookmakers are predicting a fourth-placed finish for Spurs, who can be backed at 10-1.

"There won't be too many betting shops throughout the country that would put us outside the bottom three. But we try to win the game".

Be it a back three or a back four, I don't see any balance now in the squad.

THE Premier League title race is wide open, according to former Socceroo Robbie Slater. I'm rarely optimistic about City but this time, I'll go on record and say we're going to win the league.

Even though it guarantees Champions League football once again, they will surely hope to surpass the last-16 mark this season, and avoiding a midway exit in the EFL Cup, or even a late dismissal in the FA Cup.

Liverpool are hopeful of keeping Phillipe Coutinho at the club and it is likely that they will do so, but the Merseyside club - whose only big-name move was the acquisition of Mohamed Salah - will be another team hoping that existing players such as Phillipe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Leroy Sane produce their best consistently if they are to have a shot at the league.

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