Guardiola says current spending in football is unsustainable

Ruben Hill
August 12, 2017

The FanSided soccer staff make their picks ahead of the first weekend of the Premier League season, which kicks off Friday. "But that spurs us even more, everybody writing us off already, so I hope we can prove them wrong".

City still appears too dependent on Vincent Kompany, its injury-prone center back and captain, while a new holding midfielder to replace 34-year-old Yaya Toure will probably be Guardiola's priority next summer.

The former Sweden striker was United's top scorer last season, hitting 28 goals as they won the Europa League, the League Cup and the Community Shield. We also got a central midfielder and a striker.

The lack of goals contributed to 10 league draws at Old Trafford that cost the club any chance of challenging Chelsea for the title.

City will be without Mendy and Ilkay Gundogan for the match at promoted side Brighton on Saturday, but Guardiola said they were close to returning from injury.

"At the end of the game the boys were disappointed that we didn't win". "We are lucky because would be more expensive now". If not, then we're going to be ready to get the three points.

"We bought three and the market is so demanding right now, for all the teams around the world, not just for Manchester City".

"He wants more at the highest level so we are having conversations and we are discussing the possibility of him to stay with us for the second part of the season".

"The club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed after last season".

The Portuguese coach concedes his squad is "similar" to the one he took charge of last season.

He said: "It's not because I have always done it that I am going to do it".

March believes that the high transfer fees are a reflection of the quality in the league but says Brighton are not intimidated by bigger teams or anxious by the general consensus that they will be relegated after just one season. I like that. He is a humble guy - he's so intelligent, which is a huge quality.

"I have better conditions to deliver a better season than my first one". Chelsea, without European football, were able to run away with the title, as Leicester managed to do the season before. The top seven, we are all in Europe.

"I just think that he was very clear by showing that what he did past year was not enough for him".

He added: "But we prefer to be aggressive without the ball, it's the same as last season".

"This time we are all in the same basket and it will be the same for everybody".

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