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Pep Guardiola hopes he won't need another mega-money squad revamp next summer at Manchester City

Pep Guardiola hopes he doesn't have to spend big again

It's been dubbed one of the most highly-anticipated Premier League seasons of all time and the majority of fans would agree.

"We needed to do that because it was one of the oldest teams in Europe not just the Premier League and we need to change it. We were not able with those players to find a solution".

In what will be the 26th season of the Premier League, there is no clear favourite for the title.

The Seagulls will host big-spending Manchester City for their Premier League debut on Saturday, with manager Hughton tipping Pep Guardiola's men as strong title contenders.

Guardiola also pointed out City were not alone in the high-spending stakes during a summer which has seen the world transfer record smashed with Neymar's £200.6million move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.

Brighton are organized and know how to defend, but they also have a knack for scoring and a few very talented players.

Guardiola believes the Neymar deal has over-inflated the market to levels that cannot be maintained. Raheem Sterling will probably be used as a striker if the 3-5-2 becomes the default formation for the team, and he'll serve as backup to Agüero and Jesus against Brighton.

"It has been the same since I was four or five and a young boy growing up in Lisbon".

Golden Boot: Gabriel Jesus. Back in 1979, when we made the same step-up, we lost 4-0 at home to Arsenal.

"There are some transfers that have gone ahead so far that are so above our levels you almost have to disregard them". They could say goodbye to Philippe Coutinho too. The Argentine has scored against 29 of the other 30 clubs he's played against, only failing to score versus Bolton Wanderers. We won 10 games in a row.

Despite making such significant investments, Guardiola claimed City have actually saved money by getting the majority of their transfer business done earlier in the close season. "But until the late nineties it was all downhill".

"I am happy to be part of this group", he said.

"I won't say 'never' to [returning to] the Bundesliga".

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A player with an exquisite first touch and eye for a pass, many feel he is tailor-made to excel under Guardiola's guidance, and City's open, attacking brand of football was a major reason he decided to make the move to the Etihad.

"So although it will be difficult to get a point or three against Manchester City, it´s not impossible". Good as it may look, good is not enough.

"But it is going to finish, it is unsustainable".

So how will Guardiola approach this new test of his credentials?

All three have the pace to change defence into attack quickly, something City lacked in the full-back positions last season. "But I'm settling in well here".

This is a bit of a left-field choice, but I'm betting that the £27 million Man City spent on the Brazilian will look a huge bargain, especially with Sergio Aguero ageing, and Kevin de Bruyne set for the best season of his career.

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