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

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola

Fortified by Manchester City's £200 million ($260 million) overhaul, Pep Guardiola is under pressure to ensure his second season in the Premier League is far more successful than his torrid first.

The formation allows an extra man in midfield, which has proved to City's advantage in warm-up victories over Tottenham, Real Madrid and West Ham. "He's a little bit behind on fitness probably, which is normal and we'll need him at the right time". Ederson nailed down the number one goalie at Benfica last season, as he helped them reach a fourth consecutive League title.

Both Mendy and Walker are very attacking full backs, which should suit the Guardiola system well this season, as both Mendy and Walker had 5 assists in their respected leagues last season.

"It's the same pressure as I had last season".

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John Stones looked shaky following his big-money move from Everton and Guardiola's dissatisfaction with his full-back options saw midfielders Fernandinho and Jesus Navas deployed in the wide defensive positions. These tactics have brought Guardiola great success over the years, but in preseason this summer Guardiola has employed a three in the back tactic. In the next three or four years Manchester City will buy one, two, maybe three players.

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Guardiola's transfer expenditure since his appointment as City head coach now stands at £387.6 million after he bought five players in the close season at a cost of nearly £220 million.

Barcelona have been assured the player has no desire to leave the Nou Camp. In the last six or seven years Manchester City didn't buy full-backs. This summer we had to do that because we had one of the oldest teams in Europe, not just the Premier League. With the strikers we have - Sergio (Aguero), Raheem (Sterling), Gabriel (Jesus), Bernardo Silva - all of them, they're so young so they're going to stay for the future.

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However, City, who start their Premier League campaign at promoted Brighton on Saturday, always meant to give Guardiola time to reload and a pre-season spree has put him in position to get it right this time.

Kompany singled out winger Bernardo Silva for praise. For City it's just trying to gel everyone together, understand the tactics, and avoid injuries.

"There is still 20 days left and there will be more transfers", he told reporters ahead of City's season-opener at Brighton on Saturday.

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