Manchester City jet off to Brighton ahead of Premier League opener

Manchester City jet off to Brighton ahead of Premier League opener

Manchester City jet off to Brighton ahead of Premier League opener

The 26-year-old spent last season on loan at Valencia.

Defenders Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo have all arrived at the Etihad Stadium along with goalkeeper Ederson and midfielder Bernardo Silva to take City's expenditure to £217 million (S$385 million).

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes the team is comfortable with the switch to three at the back as they have quality players who are very adaptable, the centre back said. The arrival of 11 "important" players - as Guardiola refers to them - has handed the Spanish coach an embarrassment of riches up in attack and fresh energy throughout his squad, which now has an average age of 24.

"The season that happened wasn't just about what happened in our box". We just made it [a strike-rate of] 60-70% for chances we created and that's poor.

The Premier League legend said on BBC Sport: "Chelsea I do sense, there is something brewing there, which isn't nice".

There were some promising signs last season - an opening salvo of 10 straight wins, a stunning Champions League victory over Barcelona - but City never found any consistent form.

But how quickly they can gel into an effective Premier League unit will be one of the biggest tests facing Hughton's side.

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Curiously, Brighton's last home game in the top division of English football was against City in 1983. I'm honest in my job.

"It's going to be a challenge for everybody but we'll take it in our stride, compete and we'll surprise a few people", March told The Times newspaper.

But the Catalan said: "I feel the same pressure". We have to deal with that and handle that.

"But the season is going to be long and today was an improvement on a lot of things we did last season".

Guardiola will not change his style.

City players also have had another season and preseason to work on and adapt to life under Pep and adjust to his tactics.

But we can not forget that when we do something better than last season it's because we've been one year together. They need to return to the Champions League but I foresee one more drop in position after last season's fifth. How they fared in transfer market They still need to do more. "I would like in three or four passes to score a goal, but sometimes it's not possible and you have to move them [the opposition] a little bit more, and because our strikers are not Peter Crouch, our strikers are completely different, they are not strong in the air".

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