Guardiola: Huge talent will keep Man City strong for next five years

Guardiola: Huge talent will keep Man City strong for next five years

"I will do my best like I did last season".

Guardiola has strengthened his defence this summer, bringing in three younger full-backs in Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo, and a new goalkeeper in Ederson - as well as signing midfielder Bernardo Silva.

I don't know, we're going to ask the doctor because, of course, he was injured for a long time. Mendy and Walker will most likely be the starting left and right backs, with Danilo backing both of them up, as he is well suited to play both positions.

Yet he said: "It's the same pressure as I had last season".

"The season that happened wasn't just about what happened in our box".

The City line-up for their 1-0 win was all-British but the eleven who will take the field on Saturday will be drawn from around the world - with even more global talent having been recruited during the close-season. "We just made it for 60-70 percent for the chances we created and that's poor", he said.

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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. The second week the people want a new [manager] for the next games. "So, I didn't think twice when I got the proposal from City".

"So the situation is very clear and I'm happy to do this job, and I'm trying, no, I'm doing my best every day". If the club decides [I am] not able, we are going to take a solution. I feel the same pressure as at Barcelona when I arrived. We have to deal with that and handle that.

Guardiola will not change his style.

City's Arab billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour has invested more than 200 million pounds in new players during the close-season adding to their already impressive attacking options and upgrading their identified "weak spots" at full-back and goalkeeper.

"Hopefully next season I will be here and we will not spend how we spent this season", Guardiola told reporters ahead of City's Premier League opener at Brighton on Saturday.

"We spoke and I saw last season how tough is this league. 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".