Premier League preview: Manchester rivals chase Chelsea

Ross Houston
August 13, 2017

"My experience of being a manager, always the beginning of the season the new ones are the toughest ones", Guardiola added.

"My family and I were fortunate enough to travel across seven states, driving over 2,000 miles, following Manchester City on tour (in America) this summer and we had the most fantastic time".

With Man City spending around £202m on first team players and an astonishing £159m spent exclusively on defenders and goalkeepers, it would appear that Pep Guardiola finally has the right back line and goalie at City.

"I am not happy", said Benitez, a Champions League victor with Liverpool, "but at the same time for me it's a challenge".

City are traveling to a training camp in Spain and will face La Liga side Girona, three days after their Premier League opener at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

"He's a goalscorer and that's why I worked hard to get him here".

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"I don't [think] there's extra pressure on me", he said.

Alexander-Arnold showed he wouldn't be overawed by his step up when he flattened Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery during a recent pre-season friendly.

"It's important, but it's not absolutely essential to get the season off to a winning start".

"You just hope for the opportunity". "I am still getting to know my team-mates, but it has been very good so far and I am looking forward to the season".

Gundogan made 16 appearances for City last season before suffering cruciate ligament damage in his knee last December.

I am interested to see whether Chelsea put all their eggs into the Premier League basket or in the Champions League, but I suspect they will go for the latter as Antonio Conte has more of a point to prove in Europe.

But, with Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez keen to leave Leicester, there could be an opening for the 21-year-old in Craig Shakespeare's team in the near future.

For context, the Sportingintelligence website reported that Watford's 50 million-pound summer spending is more than four times that of every Scottish club combined. "He's a player of huge potential who is rated very highly here among the coaching staff and his own players", Shakespeare said after Gray impressed for England at the European Under-21 Championships this summer.

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