Man City boss Guardiola 'so grateful' for Bernardo Silva deal

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 12, 2017

Guardiola added: "So being favourites this season means nothing".

Guardiola is also under pressure, having returned trophyless in his first season at City.

Fuelled by an historically lavish spending spree, the Premier League returns on Friday when Arsenal host Leicester in the opening game of the hotly-anticipated new season.

Lukaku scored Manchester United's consolation goal in a 2-1 loss to Champions League holders Real Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup.

Manchester City also sits as the +185 favorite on the odds to win the EPL title this season.

Manchester City are not just the favourites on account of how much they have spent, but also because they will put together passages of play that, with the talent they have available, will be hard to stop.

Ederson nailed down the number one goalie at Benfica last season, as he helped them reach a fourth consecutive League title.

Liverpool and Tottenham push the boundaries on physical endurance as they press, press then press some more.

With a few more weeks left in the transfer window, the answer to this question may well look much different with pending incomings or departures. Arsenal finished runner-up in 2016 and fifth on the table last year, and will need a better showing on defence to get back into the mix this year. These tactics have brought Guardiola great success over the years, but in preseason this summer Guardiola has employed a three in the back tactic.

City is much more equipped to launch a sustained title challenge, with Guardiola close to having his ideal squad. It may not see Rashford emulate the scoring exploits of his breakthrough season under Mourinho's predecessor Louis van Gaal, but he is good enough to be a big player in a campaign of high expectation at Old Trafford. Which three teams are headed for the trap door?

But which side has the best attack?

"I fancy Manchester City to win the league, they look irresistible on the attack and playing against a Brighton side in front of an expectant home crowd, the Seagulls will have to have a go, playing into City's hands".

City would still have top talents on the bench if this starting eleven was occupied, with Nicolás Otamendi, Danilo, Ilkay Gündoğan, Raheem Sterling, and new signing Bernardo Silva all as impact subs.

Hughton has insisted Brighton must ignore any gulf in financial clout however, citing Burnley and Bournemouth as examples of how to carve out a Premier League niche on a budget. For City it's just trying to gel everyone together, understand the tactics, and avoid injuries.

Chris Hughton insists Brighton can hold their own in the Premier League by targeting "middle market" signings while the big clubs flex their financial muscle.

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