Guardiola: Man City spending spree justified but unsustainable

Guardiola: Man City spending spree justified but unsustainable”

"My experience of being a manager, always the beginning of the season the new ones are the toughest ones", Guardiola added.

"We did it earlier, so we were lucky because now it would be so much more expensive with what has happened in the last weeks".

City still appears too dependent on Vincent Kompany, its injury-prone center back and captain, while a new holding midfielder to replace 34-year-old Yaya Toure will probably be Guardiola's priority next summer.

"We needed to do that because it was one of the oldest teams in Europe, not just the Premier League, and we needed to change it".

Manchester City open their Premier League campaign at newly promoted Brighton on Saturday.

Guardiola confirmed Mendy and midfielder Ilkay Gundogan are recovering well but neither would be available for selection for City's weekend clash at the Amex Stadium. The group of players are going to stay here for a long time.

"It started with Real Madrid and Ronaldo going for £80 million and then Bale for £85 million and everything went more expensive". We have to do it as soon as possible and be sharp and ready to play'.

With a total of 306 appearances for Manchester City, Silva will be remembered at the Etihad for years to come. "But the solution is not changing players every season".

"The club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed after last season". But I think it is unsustainable.

There were some promising signs last season - an opening salvo of 10 straight wins, a stunning Champions League victory over Barcelona - but City never found any consistent form. Tottenham is a -150 favorite to win the game outright, with Newcastle paying +400 on a win and +290 on a draw.

"It's the same pressure as I had last season", Guardiola explained.

"The big fail now takes one week in football!" I'm honest in my job. Brighton will be making its Premier League debut after earning its spot with a 93-point performance in the EFL Championship last season. He's a player who knows how to make key passes and I'm obviously very excited because I know how these kind of players can decide games and help you towards achieving great things. We have to deal with that and handle that.

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