Guardiola says he's not moved by talk that Man City are favourites

TAMMY ABRAHAM

Mangala was bought for £42m from Porto in 2014 but uneven form caused him to lose his starting place.

Tottenham - It looks like a mistake that it hasn't strengthened its squad, though perhaps it still will before the season kicks off. Spurs had a terrific campaign last season and had it been any other season they would have won it.

Now, Guardiola has admitted that the club will not spend like this again after the club looked to overhaul the squad. City lack depth at centre-back where Vincent Kompany, John Stones and Nicolás Otamendi are the only senior options. Nasri, Bony and Denayer all appear to have played their final games for City, though.

Guardiola will be hoping to improve upon last season's third placed finish.

Defenders Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo have all arrived at the Etihad Stadium along with goalkeeper Ederson and midfielder Bernardo Silva to take City's expenditure to £217 million (US$281 million, €238 million). Though he wasn't necessarily a number ten by design (in fact his defensive ability was also to be lauded), his attacking instincts were fantastic - and the fact that is Chelsea's all-time leading goalscorer speaks volumes.

"We have spent, yes, but all the teams " with the exception of Tottenham " have spent", Guardiola said.

Across all matches last season, United's shot conversion was woeful, with just 9.14 per cent of their total shots ending up in goals. We just made it [a strike-rate of] 60-70% for chances we created and that's poor. "But it's not a party for us and we need to win".

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For a serial collector of trophies at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, finishing his first season in English football without a single title was an unusual feeling for Guardiola. The head coach has to ensure his side are serious title contenders this season or it could be his last.

Premier League football is back on Friday, when Arsenal take on Leicester City to open the 2017-18 season.

As far as the team news is concerned, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey are injured and are doubtful for the game. I'm honest in my job. Lukaku will be counted on to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goals but he managed 25 for Everton last season and is now reunited with his former boss at Chelsea.

Brighton and Hove Albion - Although in my bottom three, I see this as a great opportunity for Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan as he's going to be very busy. We have to deal with that and handle that. Hopefully the work we did last season - when being champions was not possible - we can see it this season because the work is done.

Guardiola will not change his style.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said the club will curb their transfer spending in future years after a huge outlay on players during the close season. I'm not going to say we are going to play all the season in that system, we are going to play different systems, but the fundamentals will be the same.

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