Same manager, same tactics, better players - Guardiola lays out Man City blueprint

Nemanja Matic in action for Manchester United against Real Madrid

Nemanja Matic in action for Manchester United against Real Madrid

Expectations were sky-high when Guardiola alighted in Manchester after years of being courted by City, but a title challenge failed to materialise and his side did not make a mark in any of the cup competitions.

Fellow new signings Bernado Silva, Kyle Walker and Danilo are also in line to feature, though new recruit Benjamin Mendy is missing with a thigh strain.

Arguably the best goalie in the Premier League and in the world, it is easy to see why the Manchester United player is the most picked player in his position.

"Six players were out of contract".

City will begin their campaign on Saturday when they play away to newly promoted Brighton and Hove Albion.

You should strengthen from the point of strength and, while what Danny Rose is saying is wrong, you need to add that competitive edge. "The market is so demanding for all the teams, not just Manchester City".

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.

"It started with Real Madrid and Ronaldo going for £80 million and then Bale for £85 million and everything went more expensive".

"In the next few years City will buy one, two, maybe three players".

They've spent too much money on full-backs but they are key to Guardiola style of pinning teams in and Vincent Kompany, if fit, will make John Stones better. We were not able with those players to find a solution.

He's probably priced up like that because the bookmakers think that Pep doesn't fancy him and that he won't play all the time but, as long as he stays fit, he'll be up there.

Guardiola struck a satisfied tone when discussing his raft of fresh full-backs and their ability to have a transformative effect on City's play this season.

"We know from working in preseason on the training pitch what our game plan is going to be in most games".

"It is a very different club from where we were in the late seventies".

"I think sooner or later it will finish, it's unsustainable", he said of teams paying big fees.

"The fact that we signed earlier helped us avoid signing players who are so expensive like now".

March believes that the high transfer fees are a reflection of the quality in the league but says Brighton are not intimidated by bigger teams or anxious by the general consensus that they will be relegated after just one season.

During a challenging introduction to the Premier League last season, Guardiola famously asked: "What is tackles?" Every game is a pressure game but we will go in and try to get something from it.

"The big fail now takes one week in football!".

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