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Guardiola defends Man City's big spending

12 Agosto 2017

"It´s important, but it´s not absolutely essential to get the season off to a winning start".

City have spent more than £200m on players this summer, but Guardiola says the current squad are "young and will stay for the future".

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Pep Guardiola will resist a tactical shift at Manchester City this season, having backed his raft of big-money singings to fit last season's often stuttering gameplan.

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

Guardiola also pointed out City were not alone in the high-spending stakes during a summer which has seen the world transfer record smashed with Neymar's £200.6million move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.

With January signing Gabriel Jesus over the injury trouble that stalled a promising start in England, City look well placed to compete for all the major trophies.

"My experience of being a manager, always the beginning of the season the new ones are the toughest ones".

Pep Guardiola: "Last season at my first press conference we were favorites, so nothing has changed". I can't really describe it. But I need to kick on from that.

Manchester City's Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 27, 2017. I think it will be a draw. "They love it. That's why it's great to be here".

Manchester City will travel to Brighton at 16:30GMT.

Brighton are organized and know how to defend, but they also have a knack for scoring and a few very talented players. Ederson can get the ball into the opposition penalty box with one long pass, something Guardiola highlighted following the preseason win against Tottenham in Nashville.

This will be the first competitive meeting between these two clubs since Brighton & Hove Albion won a League Cup tie on penalties in September 2008.

"We did it earlier, so we were lucky because now it would be so much more expensive with what has happened in the last weeks".

The 18-year-old right-back made his Liverpool debut last October and showed such maturity that seasoned Anfield observers believe he could unseat first-choice Nathaniel Clyne sooner rather than later. We have to deal with that and handle that. The pressure it's never a big problem. "I am pleased with the business City have done in the transfer window so far". He cleaned up his act last season, and was a joy to watch.

Guardiola defends Man City's big spending