Pep Guardiola - Manchester City squad won't need big changes in future


But the new keeper says Bravo is a quality player and has come back in top form after impressing with Chile at the Confederations Cup in the summer.

The defence is effectively nailed on, despite Danilo's arrival from Real Madrid, as it is expected Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy will slot into the full-back roles. The 23-year-old exudes an ethos of respect for the opposition but no fear, which characterises Chris Hughton's newly promoted side.

"I don't think I'm in a position of crying, moaning, protesting".

City manager Pep Guardiola will be under pressure from the start after strengthening his squad with five new signings in the transfer window, costing the club some $286 million. But then we won at Nottingham Forest (who were then European champions), gained some confidence, put some runs together, and finished well clear of the relegation zone. I´m going to be fearless and say the game will finish 4-0.

"I don't [think] there's extra pressure on me", he said.

"It's not something urgent, that we are desperate to have it done or not done, I just think that he was very clear by showing what he did a year ago was not enough for him".

Guardiola said the current spike in football transfer spending, which culminated in Neymar's recent world record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for 222 million euros (£200 million, $260 million), had been building for some time.

"We have had a better pre-season than a year ago and we have the confidence levels of a team that has won a European competition and returned to the Champions League". I think we have addressed the defensive issues that we had last season and the players Guardiola has brought in are strong and fast. But the solution is not changing players every season.

But the former Benfica player is adamant he remains "calm and ready to help my team" despite his new price-tag.

"I have a feeling that we will score early and get a good win against Brighton on Saturday".

City's first choice XI is pretty much impossible to predict right now (but we're going to have a go anyway) and we'll also take a look at how the team might set out by the time the window shuts at the end of August.

Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent.

"I have conditions to deliver a better team than I did in the first season". We have to deal with that and handle that.

"So we are having conversations and we are discussing the possibility of him staying with us for the second part of the season".