Rich pickings for Guardiola as City start to cash in

Ross Houston
August 13, 2017

"So I think there were a lot of positives for us to build on".

As a result the 46-year-old boss is under pressure to win something this season and Distin believes if the club can fix its defensive problems they are contenders for the title.

When manager Chris Hughton surveys the team-sheet for his side's opener against Manchester City, he will see an opposing lineup bolstered by over £200 million of new signings. He said that as of now I'm going to have more options in the build-up, to play both short and long balls.

"It was the proposal they presented me, this is a club with big ambition to win trophies this season".

"We had one of the oldest teams in the Premier League so we made a decision to put energy in the team for the next five, six years", he said. "We don't want to come away from any games with any regrets".

Lifelong Brighton supporters marveled at the extra hustle and bustle about the seaside town as the TV cameras rolled into town from across the globe (including our full crew on their United Kingdom tour) with journalists in the press room at the Amex wowed by the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard on location as pundits.

"We did it earlier, so we were lucky because now would be more expensive after what happened in the last weeks". But given where Brighton have come from in the past two decades, the challenge of staying int he Premier League doesn't seem insurmountable and isn't as daunting as having to survive as a club. "But one we can do".

But when they did it was a hint of what was possible as Aguero converted after a slick move with Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva.

"The work starts from the day you get promotion". It doesn't make an influence on me, maybe for others it does. Those were the good days but the whole game is different now. He is also 34 and not immune to the effects of time.

"I must admit there is a little element of that". I was manager of Barcelona and Bayern Munich so I can handle that situation. Last season sitting here after the Sunderland game you said "you are the favourites, you are the most attractive and handsome and nice guys in the league".

He will not be intimidated by the Premier League big guns and has already broken the club's transfer record three times in the close-season in a £35 million spree on Laurent Depoitre, Aaron Mooy and Steve Mounie.

Where in past Toure would have been desperate to burst from box-to-box and cause havoc in the final third, his mental attributes (vision and anticipation etc) make him ideal for a deep playmaker, or pivot - something Guardiola has always valued highly.

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