Premier League preview: Can Chelsea retain their crown?

Premier League preview: Can Chelsea retain their crown?”

Guardiola added: "So being favourites this season means nothing".

Lukaku became the second-most expensive in Manchester United's history behind £89m signing Paul Pogba.

City have splashed out on Ederson, Bernardo Silva, Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo as Guardiola plots an improvement on the first trophyless campaign of his coaching career. "I like them as a club and I like Slaven Bilic so they will do better than they did last season".

The 20-year-old Chelsea striker is ready for the next stage of his career after scoring 26 goals while on loan at Bristol City in the Sky Bet Championship last season. Brighton are an unknown quantity as this is their first outing in the Premier League, but they were a well-disciplined, organised side with quality in attacking areas on their way to promotion glory.

Manchester City also sits as the +185 favorite on the odds to win the EPL title this season.

"While an outlay of around £120m so far suggests the champions have seriously backed their man, on closer examination the Blues have recouped nearly as much in sales and failed to address a glaringly obvious needed-for depth", says the Daily Mirror. Arsenal finished runner-up in 2016 and fifth on the table last year, and will need a better showing on defence to get back into the mix this year.

"We spent, but all the teams spent. If they don't then I can only see one victor". City have had impressive results in preseason when applying the three in the back, with wins over Real Madrid, Tottenham, and West Ham, City have only conceded one goal throughout these three friendlies and scored ten.

Other eye-catching newcomers include former Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina, who played in last season's Champions League final against Real Madrid, and Dutch defender Jairo Riedewald, who is reunited with his former manager Frank de Boer at Crystal Palace.

No one doubted that English clubs would break their own £1.2 billion transfer-spending record this summer; all that was disputed was by how much and which players would go where. Everyone has witnessed the way a Guardiola team can play when Pep has the right players and everyone understands the tactics, as Guardiola has won the Champions League twice with Barcelona and has steamrolled the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich three times. "This group of players is going to stay for a long time at Manchester City".

15 - Newcastle FC - Rafa Benitez will be looking to keep Newcastle in the Premier League, but has expressed frustrations at the manner in which the club is signing players. For City it's just trying to gel everyone together, understand the tactics, and avoid injuries. Hughton has been in the Premier League with Newcastle and Norwich and has a reputation - particularly at the Canaries - for playing safety-first football and making sides hard to beat.

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