Man City set to spend another £110m on Busquets and Van Dijk

Ruben Hill
August 12, 2017

Newly-promoted Brighton are set for a baptism of fire as they face heavily reinforced Manchester City in their opening Premier League fixture, with many believing the Citizens are finally ready to mount a serious title challenge.

Despite spending close to £200m this summer to strengthen his squad, Sky Blues boss Pep Guardiola hasn't finished his shopping spree and Talksport claims he is "preparing an ambitious move for Barcelona star Sergio Busquets". "We are going to see at the end of the season what happens, knowing how hard it is".

Bernardo Silva, Ederson, Kyle Walker, Mendy and Danilo have all joined, giving his squad a more vibrant, energetic look.

Brighton, who returned the top tier after a 34-year absence by finishing second in the Championship, last hosted City in a 2008 League Cup tie.

"We're not expected to beat teams like City".

Brighton are thrown into the deep end as they begin life as a Premier League club with the visit of Manchester City.

As midfielder Ilkay Gundogan inches back to full fitness after missing most of last season due to injury, Guardiola said he will take no risks with the Germany global.

"It's a wonderful game for the club and supporters, as a first game in the Premier League, but we have to make sure it's a good day for the team as well", said Hughton. But the solution is not changing players every season. Our fans really get behind us and they're going to step it up even more because they know we need them even more. We spent, of course, but all the teams spent - except maybe Tottenham.

"We are mature players, professionals, and we just adapt", Kompany told City's website.

"The fact that we signed earlier helped us avoid signing players who are so expensive like now".

"I think sooner or later it is going to finish", he said.

The Seagulls have won just one of their last five opening fixtures to a league season (D1 L3). "But we try to win the game".

"The big fail now takes one week in football".

Pep Guardiola has been known for his 4-3-3 possession dominant tactic at the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Man City last season, where the two full backs support and attack and the defensive midfielder covers for the two center backs.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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