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Man City boss Pep Guardiola: Premier League spending is unsustainable

12 August 2017

Mauricio Pochettino's men will kick off their Premier League campaign with a trip to Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon as they look to get their season off to a winning start. Tottenham will not fade away, while Liverpool, Arsenal and a resurgent Everton will also ensure that last season's top seven will fight tooth-and-nail for the top positions.

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.

Spurs are the only team in the Premier League not to have made any new signings so far this summer as they prepare for the 2017-18 campaign. It's going to be tough for them. There's a gulf between Albion and City. Intelligent players don't need time to be involved in the way we want to play.

"Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva pick themselves and I think the pace of Leroy Sane will be key to opening up a what will surely be a stubborn and well-organised defence". We are strong defensively and I predict 1-1. Back in 1979, when we made the same step-up, we lost 4-0 at home to Arsenal.

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Southampton and Stoke have identical records to sit in the bottom three with two wins, three draws and five losses for just nine points.

"We didn't have full-backs and you have to buy full-backs", the Spaniard added.

"Like every club that's promoted to the Premier League, it's to finish 17th or higher". Meanwhile, the catchphrase seemed odd, given the club was in the midst of its most successful period, having won five major trophies in four years prior to Guardiola's arrival.

The City manager also revealed that German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, who has been out injured since last December, was close to making his eagerly-comeback, with the friendly fixture at Girona on August 15 being earmarked as a potential date for his return to first-team action.

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"Going forward, I don't think that there is anyone who can match us because we have so many attacking options and great players. It will not be easy but we will travel to win the game". Sooner or later it's going to finish. I'll do my best. "We will maybe change one important player".

I was confident last season too. It will be hard for them to stay up, especially the first time around.

The Portuguese midfielder emerged as one of European football's most sought-after players last season during Monaco's march to the French league title and semi-finals of the Champions League.

"I am not happy", said Benitez, a Champions League victor with Liverpool, "but at the same time for me it's a challenge".

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Chris Slater is one of three journalists to have their say and he remarks: "Three at the back has worked remarkably well for Pep Guardiola during pre-season".