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

Ross Houston
August 12, 2017

After finishing third last season, Guardiola is hopeful a younger team can mount a stronger title challenge but insists he does not feel under any additional pressure to win the Premier League this term.

"The teams that arrive, in the first four, five, six games they are so complicated".

According to Spanish radio station Onda Cero (via the Manchester Evening News' Alex Porter), City are looking to strengthen their midfield following the sale of Fernando and have contacted Barca about potentially buying Busquets.

Brighton was very convincing in the Championship last season but the step up to the Premier League is a big one.

"But we try to win the game".

City's football was, occasionally, dazzling and they were only outscored by champions Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, but finding an effective defensive configuration gave Guardiola a constant headache.

Guardiola hopes to have put his goalkeeping problems to bed as well, having reacted to Claudio Bravo's travails by bringing in Brazil goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica in a £35 million deal. Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero are both looking in good form and they should provide plenty of goals for the team from the north of 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.

"It took a bit of an adjustment for Pep Guardiola, but City are my favourites".

One of the Sky Blues' current key weaknesses is in central defence, where John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi have yet to convince.

"Last season at my first press conference we were favourites, so nothing has changed", he added.

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