"We finished the contracts of five or six players and in the last six or seven years Manchester City didn't buy full-backs, so we had to buy full-backs". "The market is so demanding for all the teams, not just Manchester City".
City players also have had another season and preseason to work on and adapt to life under Pep and adjust to his tactics. We were not able with those players to find a solution. We are strong defensively and I predict 1-1. The Argentinian bagged 20 league goals in 31 appearances last season, winning Guardiola over with some stunning late form, while Dunk was named in the Championship team of the year.
"Of course now the full-backs are younger, they have energy in their legs and we are going to use them".
"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. "That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that". We try to attack more fluently, and more times maybe this season, but it's a process to do that and sometimes you need a little bit more time.
It's the newboys versus the heavyweights as Chris Hughton's team go up against the two-time Premier League champions.
"I think it is unsustainable".
The trip to the coast will be start to what is expected to be a season of pressure for Manchester City, as they head to the AMEX Stadium with many of people expecting the Citizens to begin their title charge tonight. I´m going to be fearless and say the game will finish 4-0.
"Anthony Knockaert seems to be one of Brighton´s better players".
Asked about extra pressure, he added: "It's the same pressure as I had last season". It will be hard for them to stay up, especially the first time around.
Guardiola has spent more than £200m already this summer and smashed the world-record fee for a defender when he signed Kyle Walker from Tottenham in a £50m deal last month. I also wished him luck and told him that he made a good decision.
His display in the first leg was one the the best any opposition player has delivered at the Etihad in recent seasons, with his ability to retain possession and create chances for his teammates carving City open on a number of occasions.
Bernardo Silva will give us options in midfield and Ederson looks like a confident goalkeeper.