Manchester City at Brighton & Hove Albion

Guardiola defends Manchester City's big spending

Manchester City at Brighton & Hove Albion

The 23-year-old's £35m transfer fee surpasses the previous world-record £32.6m paid by Juventus to Parma in 2001 to bring Gianluigi Buffon to Turin.

That replacement came in the form of Ederson, a Brazilian keeper who was quite impressive last season with Benfica.

But the former Benfica player is adamant he remains "calm and ready to help my team" despite his new price-tag. "It's the same pressure as I had last season".

More defensive recruits would help the team be more resistant to conceding goals, which was a major pitfall throughout past year.

In the last six or seven years Manchester City didn't buy full-backs.

"If I do get told I am playing against Watford (on Saturday) I will look to take that chance", Alexander-Arnold said.

It seems as though Pep Guardiola has been playing Federation Internationale de Football Association career mode a lot lately and he has emulated that same ambition in the real world, if his transfers are anything to go by. "He's a player of huge potential who is rated very highly here among the coaching staff and his own players", Shakespeare said after Gray impressed for England at the European Under-21 Championships this summer. Succeeding this year is crucial in implementing a feeling of stability in the Premier League, so a comfortable league position will be the main target going into the new campaign.

Brighton will want to make a strong impression in their first Premier League game this season, but with Manchester City as opponents, it will be an uphill task.

"The club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed after last season".

The sight of Claudio Bravo on the City bench was a reminder of last season's goalkeeping calamities.

However, there was one definitive problem for Manchester City throughout the first half: The goal is always to find the back of the net, and they couldn't do just that. A monumental investment from senior figures will only increase the expectation that the team wins the Premier League and challenges heavily in the Champions League.

This match looks like a foregone conclusion before it even starts, so neither side is likely to take this as a major indicator for the season unless a major surprise happens. People say in [the] first press conference we are favourites.

"We probably have to concentrate on the levels that we can affect". He has spent millions of pounds so far and the team is filled with brilliant talents, at this point.

"The prime error was an unbending emphasis on attack that meant Guardiola expected all opposition to be snuffed out via ball retention and the notion City should score more no matter how many were conceded".

"You've got to be able to overcome those hard experiences that are going to come in this league".

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