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"I think also in this season, this will happen". The price on Manchester United, which was sixth last season, might stem from their popularity and the fact that manager Jose Mourinho delivered titles during his second season with each of the other four teams he's guided (including twice with Chelsea).

Fuelled by the personal intensity that inspired Chelsea's return to the top, Antonio Conte has vowed to stop the champions becoming the latest victims of the Premier League's sophomore slump.

The former Spurs star is undoubtedly the best right-back in the Premier League, and his wide range of skills provides Pep with everything he needs from a full-back: Walker's frightening pace combined with really high stamina allows him to get up and down the pitch countless times during matches. He will love to make runs in behind Premier League defenses and get a through ball from David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne, and he'll have Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesus ready to score his crosses.

Both Lukaku and Matic represented more than just regular signings - by hijacking Chelsea's bid for the Belgian striker and then weakening the defending champions existing squad by securing Matic, Mourinho sent out a warning sign to the rival clubs and further underlined his title-winning aspirations. "I'm not going to change the way I want to play".

"We were favourites last season and missed out by 15 points so being favourites this season means nothing". From the physical side of it, I think La Liga is not the Premier League in terms of the physicality. Now it's time to keep working!

Guardiola's transfer expenditure since his appointment as City head coach now stands at £387.6 million after he bought five players in the close season at a cost of nearly £220 million.

But the Belgium global is fit again and, with City yet to sign central defensive reinforcements, he needs to be available as much as possible. They will be there or thereabouts again.

Open training sessions are the best.

Here, with the help of Opta statistics, we look at an area in which each of the big six Premier League clubs need to improve on from last season. In the cups we never lost, and in the Europa League, we never lost, so for the whole season, we lost one match.

Per Doyle, they grabbed just a single win on the road, and with Keane and Gray now plying their trade elsewhere, the Clarets are likely to be weakened.

Ronald Koeman might find having Rooney back is an unwanted headache this season as he tries to replace the guaranteed goals of Lukaku. "But now I have adapted and I'm looking forward to playing".

The Portuguese told reporters today that he had informed executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward of his desire to strengthen in four key positions ahead of the new season.

"I saw last season how tough the league is - it doesn't matter who the top teams are".

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