Guardiola admits double injury blow ahead of Brighton clash

A mainstay in the wildly successful Man United sides under Alex Ferguson, the ex-England worldwide made 400 league appearances (all for the one club) and a trophy haul that is the envy of pretty much every other Premier League footballer.

Spurs earned two points more than champions Chelsea in home games, but were nine worse off than the Blues on the road.

"It's a wonderful game for the club and supporters, as a first game in the Premier League, but we have to make sure it's a good day for the team as well".

"It's going to be tough, very tough".

Former Manchester City footballer Danny Mills has revealed that he expects Manchester United to win the Premier League this season, while he added that Tottenham and Liverpool could be set to battle for fourth place. There's a gulf between Albion and City. We bought three and the market is so demanding not just for Manchester City. But I think it is unsustainable. "We don't want to come away from any games with any regrets".

Both Guardiola and Mourinho could argue that their first seasons were transitional campaigns. But Guardiola didn't have the impact some had expected and his refusal to adapt to the demands of the Premier League or accept criticism of his team prompted some hostility. The club has everything in its favour to grow further if it can build on what has already been achieved.

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"My family and I were fortunate enough to travel across seven states, driving over 2,000 miles, following Manchester City on tour (in America) this summer and we had the most fantastic time".

Guardiola said the current spike in football transfer spending, which culminated in Neymar's recent world record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for €222 million (£200 million, US$260 million), had been building for some time. "We've tried to buy good defenders but also creative players and strikers to score more goals".

"Sooner or later it's going to finish".

The same opponents - and hot favourites for the Premier League title under Pep Guardiola - return south today (5.30pm) to the sold-out Amex with Hughton urging his troops to embrace the 38 tests facing them to achieve the goal this season of survival. Guardiola is one of the best managers in the world.

The squad is surprisingly small, given the number of players Chelsea have loaned out to other clubs, and the departure of Matic leaves manager Antonio Conte hoping France's Tiemoue Bakayoko can quickly adapt after his arrival from Monaco.

"But Brighton fans know it will be a hard slog to stay up - starting with this beast of an opener". Instead, many look like hugely expensive punts.Morata, perhaps the window's most intriguing signing, spent most of last season warming the bench at Real Madrid and is reported to have confidence issues. I am backing him to deliver this time around, though.

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