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No more would City judge themselves against domestic rivals; instead they would measure their success against Barcelona, Bayern and Real Madrid and not only was Guardiola going to take them there, but he would do it in style.

Across two decades with the club, Eyre observed these City talents, along with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney in their formative years.

"Last season at my first press conference", Guardiola told his pre-match press conference.

Paul Pogba will also be expected to come of age this season. The former England global recently said Man City was a force with the team they had in place already and on top of that their buys have strengthened their defence.

"We needed to do that because it was one of the oldest teams in Europe, not just the Premier League, and we needed to change it. We are going to see at the end of the season what happens, knowing how hard it is". I think I'm lucky because I used to play under Pep at Barcelona and I know what he wants. We are strong defensively and I predict 1-1.

"The work starts from the day you get promotion". Back in 1979, when we made the same step-up, we lost 4-0 at home to Arsenal.

"Keep doing what we've done in the last three games and it should be exciting". "That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that".


City certainly haven't let up in the transfer window with numerous players going in and out of the Etihad Stadium in the summer months, with a number of familiar faces been replaced by a new roster of new faces. If they decide we're not able, then they'll find a solution.

"I was very lucky, I worked with hundreds of players and some have gone on to Premier League and worldwide careers", he said.

'It's going to finish.

"On top of that, he wants me to enjoy it".

Prior to the last season, the buzz was all around two of the highest-profile managers in the world arriving to do battle in Manchester and although that buzz has now gone, expectations have only been heightened as the duo splashed the cash on their team.

Having secured promotion from the Championship alongside Newcastle United, Brighton and Hove Albion and Huddersfield Town return to the top flight for the first time in 34 and 45 years respectively.

Where the Manchester clubs have spent upwards of 200 million pounds on their teams, Chelsea - who have a small squad as it is - have brought in just Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata, both talented players but unaccustomed to the rigours of the Premier League. I am backing him to deliver this time around, though.

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