Guardiola forecasts end to City spending spree

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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.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton on Manchester City: "They've been outstanding in pre-season, and if we're looking at a team gelling and showing the quality that they have, they have definitely shown that already".

"Six players were out of contract".

"My family and I were fortunate enough to travel across seven states, driving over 2,000 miles, following Manchester City on tour (in America) this summer and we had the most fantastic time".

The trip to the coast will be start to what is expected to be a season of pressure for Manchester City, as they head to the AMEX Stadium with many of people expecting the Citizens to begin their title charge tonight.

Four of those new players cost more than £40m but that pales into insignificance compared to the €222m (£197m) Paris Saint-Germain paid Barcelona for Neymar.

"It started with Real Madrid and Ronaldo going for £80 million and then Bale for £85 million and everything went more expensive". In the next three or four years Manchester City will buy one, two, maybe three players.

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. It's going to be a very tough opening game, but we have to play them at some stage. I saw him on the TV last season, but it will depend on how he and the other players adjust to the Premier League.

"Going forward, I don´t think that there is anyone who can match us because we have so many attacking options and great players".

Despite making such significant investments, Guardiola claimed City have actually saved money by getting the majority of their transfer business done earlier in the close season. "So, I didn't think twice when I got the proposal from City". "Sooner or later it's going to finish", he said. "We're raring to go".

After bolstering their squad, Guardiola's side - who came third last season - have been made favourites to win the title, but the City manager said he could cope with that burden.

It's tempting to look at last year's champions, Chelsea, as potential candidates for the title a second season in a row. I know it's a big responsibility considering I have become one of the most expensive goalkeepers. The pressure it's never a big problem. The first all Premier League clash in the country belonged to the Manchester club, with goals from Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Agüero and Raheem Sterling giving them a comfortable 3-0 victory and they will be hopeful to take that form into the start of the league campaign.

"For us there are some great examples of teams that have gone up and stayed up". We have to deal with that and handle that.

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