Same manager, same tactics, better players - Guardiola lays out Man City blueprint

City finished 15 points off the pace of Premier League champions Chelsea as Guardiola presided over the first trophyless campaign of his career.

City open their Premier League campaign today with a trip to newly-promoted Brighton.

Brighton's last home game in the top flight was a 1-0 defeat by Manchester City on 7 May 1983. "People say in my first press conference we are favourites". Manchester City are many pundits´ favourites for the title this year.

"We did it earlier and we are lucky because it would be more expensive now", said the Catalan. The Argentinian bagged 20 league goals in 31 appearances last season, winning Guardiola over with some stunning late form, while Dunk was named in the Championship team of the year.

"I think it is unsustainable". Debates can get heated and that's fine, but offensive words will get you banned.

"Keep doing what we've done in the last three games and it should be exciting".

The 20-year-old's instant impression left Aguero - largely unchallenged as the club's premier forward since signing from Atletico Madrid in 2011 - on the bench, although Jesus suffering a broken metatarsal against Bournemouth in February earned him a reprieve. Let's see if Pep Ball will work against the new boys of the Premier League in what promises to be a tough match-up.

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However, the argument can be made that Man City should be made title favorites this season, as they have completed multiple tasks this summer and have done the most upgrading out of any of the top six clubs in England.

"Everything is good and strong, but some of them (other clubs) are really strong in the market, so it is going to be hard. It's normal that the players and supporters are going to be celebrating for a period of time, but we have had to come down to reality", Brighton boss Hughton said.

"If we do something good this season it's because we were together last season, and we know better, and I know better, and they know me better, and that's why it's easy".

Although many still believe Pep will continue with his beloved 4-3-3, the additional formation will give City some flexibility next season, and they can use it in big games to use the element of surprise, such as the Manchester Derby. When I am not playing or training, I watch football all the time. City, backed by the UAE, have again spent fortunes in the summer transfer market.

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 ($281 million, 238 million euros).

Both Mendy and Walker are very attacking full backs, which should suit the Guardiola system well this season, as both Mendy and Walker had 5 assists in their respected leagues last season.

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