Pep Guardiola Looking To Add To His Manchester City Squad

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 13, 2017

Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach Guardiola claimed it was necessary to reinvigorate City's ageing squad but he will only seek to add one or two new faces in forthcoming seasons.

And Mourinho told City's website on Monday that the 22-year-old should make an immediate impact in the English Premier League.

"There won't be too many betting shops throughout the country that would put us outside the bottom three".

Blessed with a calm temperament beyond his years, Pickford has distribution skills desired in the modern game to go with his undoubted ability to stop shots and collect crosses.

"In the next few years City will buy one, two, maybe three players".

Manchester City are most people's favourites for the Premier League title, but their first season under Pep Guardiola was a curious affair.

"So although it will be hard to get a point or three against Manchester City, it's not impossible". He has to be strong but, of course, his quality is flawless for the way we want to play. We are strong defensively and I predict 1-1. Back in 1979, when we made the same step-up, we lost 4-0 at home to Arsenal.

Glenn Murray of Brighton and Hove Albion celebrates with Anthony Knockaert after scoring their first goal against Wigan Athletic at The American Express Community Stadium, April 17, 2017.

"We know it's going to be a special day because it's the first Premier League game at the Amex, and the first Premier League game for the club".

NO MORE PITCH DESIGNSThe Premier League has banned pitch patterns and designs for the 2017/18 campaign.

Brighton pulled off a great achievement in securing a return to the top flight but this division is all about quality and, with the best will in the world, their squad doesn't look good enough.

"Guardiola has given the distinct impression that he is not wildly impressed with English football culture, nearly an air of disdain at times, and behind the scenes City have seen him be intense, irritable and demanding", says Matt Dickinson of The Times. "So, I didn't think twice when I got the proposal from City". 'Hopefully next season I'll be here and we're not going to spend how we spent again, I can assure you of that. It was a good test for us.

He said: "If you see the team last season and this season, the four [pre-season] games we played, the fundamentals are the same".

I don't see Jesus being as prolific and might have to play out wide with Aguero central, so they will share the City goals.

"Anthony Knockaert seems to be one of Brighton's better players".

"I have a lot of respect for the players I had", he explained.

With the overwhelming majority of wide forwards at the elite level of the game now operating principally as inverted wingers, the emphasis is on the full-backs to provide width, essentially asking them to man the entire flank.

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