City's mega-spending is a one-off, insists Guardiola


City's mega-spending is a one-off, insists Guardiola

"Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season", Guardiola said Friday on the eve of his side's opening game of the new Premier League season at promoted Brighton and Hove Albion.

Many pundits have made City their preseason favourites but, ahead of their Premier League opener at Brighton on Saturday, Guardiola does not feel under any more strain to deliver silverware. Manchester is a bit different from the city I used to live in - it's colder! In the next three or four years Manchester City will buy one, two, maybe three players.

"For us, we're up against top-class opposition that will have more possession than we do". "Last season in my first news conference we were the favourites so nothing has changed". If he wants us to play together we can, as we have already shown.

Manchester City look really strong and they are my tip for the title. Everyone has witnessed the way a Guardiola team can play when Pep has the right players and everyone understands the tactics, as Guardiola has won the Champions League twice with Barcelona and has steamrolled the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich three times.

"He's learning all the time, and I don't think anybody can dispute what a brilliant manager he is", said Hughton of Guardiola.

"So whatever happens at the start of the season - and of course I hope we get off to a flier - we must stay calm and remember that it´s where we are in the table after 38 games that matters, not the first few".

The 20-year-old's instant impression left Aguero - largely unchallenged as the club's premier forward since signing from Atletico Madrid in 2011 - on the bench, although Jesus suffering a broken metatarsal against Bournemouth in February earned him a reprieve.

"I just hope that any competition between us benefits the team, that it inspires both of us to score plenty of goals for City and leads to the club winning lots of matches and trophies".

"Everything is good and strong, but some of them (other clubs) are really strong in the market, so it is going to be hard".

Although many still believe Pep will continue with his beloved 4-3-3, the additional formation will give City some flexibility next season, and they can use it in big games to use the element of surprise, such as the Manchester Derby.

"It's the same pressure as I had last season", Guardiola explained. City, backed by the UAE, have again spent fortunes in the summer transfer market.

As for City, it's been a mad summer in the market as they've shelled out nearly £160 million on three full-backs: Danilo, Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker. He became more expansive in Brighton's promotion last season and it will be interesting to see if he has learned from his previous spell at this level.