Same manager, same tactics, better players - Guardiola lays out Man City blueprint

Benjamin Mendy France England

"Hopefully next season I will be here and we will not spend how we spent this season", Guardiola told reporters ahead of City's Premier League opener at Brighton on Saturday. We played 3-4-3 with a diamond, it's such a demanding system, so attacking, but so demanding defensively, and we did it quite well, yet for me it doesn't matter as it's pre-season.

City players also have had another season and preseason to work on and adapt to life under Pep and adjust to his tactics.

"Of course now the full-backs are younger, they have energy in their legs and we are going to use them".

"Like every club that´s promoted to the Premier League, it´s to finish 17th or higher".

Gundogan signed for City a year ago for an estimated fee of £20m but has struggled with injuries during his time at the Etihad, making just 15 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals. "I'm calm and I'm ready to help my team".

"We are going to play both systems".


The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss presided over his first season without a trophy as a senior coach last term, as City failed to live up to their billing and fell well short of champions Chelsea.

"City were very interested in me, but it was many things that made me sign". 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. 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". "I am pleased with the business City have done in the transfer window so far". The first four, five, six games are so complicated, especially away.

Ederson is now expected to step in as Pep Guardiola's first-choice 'keeper at City following Claudio Bravo's underwhelming debut season, for which he was widely criticised by fans and pundits alike.

"Last season at my first press conference we were favourites, so nothing has changed", he added. When I am not playing or training, I watch football all the time.

To remedy that, the Catalan has overseen a £200million turnaround of City's squad, with Ederson, Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy revolutionising City's ageing back line.

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