Guardiola returns to Manchester City drawing board


Brahim Diaz, 17, one of the fresh Academy products, has had a fruitful time in the youth ranks last season before tempting manager Pep Guardiola to name him on the match-day squad for the first time against Swansea in the EFL Cup, which he marked with a goal after a cameo with ten minutes to go.

"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".

"The last six or seven years Manchester City didn't buy full backs".

"We needed to do that this summer because we have one of the oldest teams in Europe".

"Like a lot of top teams here in England and around the world, always they are looking for the best possible".

The Manchester City boss has spent close to £200 million on new players this summer - four of which cost more than £40m. "Kyle is so energetic, Mendy is such an energetic player, and Danilo too". "But we try to win the game".

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.

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. Guardiola is also under pressure, having returned trophyless in his first season at City.

"I have a lot of respect for the players I had, I never complained for one bad game or bad defeat, making excuses, never, even in Germany I never said that, never in my life I make an excuse about what happened", he added.

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.

You should strengthen from the point of strength and, while what Danny Rose is saying is wrong, you need to add that competitive edge. "I'm not going to change the way I want to play".

Playing three at the back may enable Guardiola to associate Aguero and Jesus in attack, after he generally used a single-striker system last season following Jesus's arrival in January. "This group of players is going to stay for a long time at Manchester City". "I'm a big fan of his, both of his football and his humility". 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.

It's the newboys versus the heavyweights as Chris Hughton's team go up against the two-time Premier League champions.