Pep Guardiola: Manchester City will never spend this much on transfers again

The Ivorian believes his team are gradually adapting to the Spaniard's system

Yaya Toure could well be one of Guardiola's most important players - and it may well be age that makes him so suitable to this deep, holding role. "We are going to improve the way we attack", Guardiola said.

However, while Distin supports the signing of players with league familiarity, like Kyle Walker, he admits you never know how long it takes new arrivals to adapt to the Premier League style. After that, Chelsea killed us. "About who is the favourites or not, it's your (the media's) job, not ours". I can not control it. But I'm used to that. I was manager of Barcelona and Bayern Munich so I can handle that situation.

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

"We had a five-minute spell where we were under pressure. We are going to see at the end of the season what happens, knowing how hard it is".

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. "We spoke about that - we saw what happened with Liverpool and Watford, with Chelsea - that's the Premier League". With so much talent at his disposal, City's players know they have limited time to impress.

"It's hard but we did it". This summer we had to do that because we had one of the oldest teams in Europe, not just the Premier League. "We controlled the game". "So, I didn't think twice when I got the proposal from City".

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March believes that the high transfer fees are a reflection of the quality in the league but says Brighton are not intimidated by bigger teams or anxious by the general consensus that they will be relegated after just one season.

But if you're wondering why the Manchester clubs have been dominating headlines in England, it's because the rest of the big teams have been doing little online. They will also have a fully-fit Gabriel Jesus to back up the firepower provided by Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane. And that is the first step to creating something.

"That is why the club was clever to do that because we anticipated what we needed and we tried to do our best, not just for next season but the future".

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 flawless for a deep playmaker, or pivot - something Guardiola has always valued highly.

After a summer full of anticipation for fans, The Seagulls begin their first top flight season for 34 years at home to Manchester City at the Amex tomorrow evening.

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.

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