The English Premier League calendar begins on Friday, and the fun won't stop until a champion is crowned next May.
Guardiola struck a satisfied tone when discussing his raft of fresh full-backs and their ability to have a transformative effect on City's play this season.
"We have a central midfielder and striker, so obviously another player would be one coming from the sides". "But to have a better position in the table we must win more matches than we did last season".
He said: "I knew Conte loved me and I had talked to him many times".
After spending heavily on players including Wayne Rooney, Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen and Michael Keane, Everton have been tipped to break into the top six this season. But not what happened this summer.
However, in their last game before the start of the Premier League, they suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of lasts year's Champions League winners Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup final on Tuesday.
Manchester City has spent £200 million so far in the window and Guardiola admits it is not sustainable. Not at all. I just think that naturally, a manager in the second season knows the players and knows the club better. "They need to get in another two or three players, I think, to have a chance of retaining that title".
"Some, okay, have the luck to play Tuesday or Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday, but in the end the same number of matches". I am backing him to deliver this time around, though.
Heading into his second year at Manchester United, though, there is hope, perhaps expectation, of a tilt at the Premier League title.
Costa is set to leave Stamford Bridge having been told he is no longer needed by Conte.
Star Bet: Title favourites, and arguably the most attractive team to watch on paper, City have strengthened across the board and have added quality to an already stacked squad. Bacary Sagna was solid for a while, but fell off a cliff in 2016-17.
"It's the price you have to pay for such a big transfer".
City also look stronger on paper. And Gabriel is the top candidate.
Pogba's first season at Old Trafford was full of ups and downs.
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Chelsea are 4/11 for a top-four finish at Sky Bet, but are 7/2 to retain the title.
The striker looks to have the physicality and keen eye for goal to thrive in the Premier League, but does he have the right mentality? With the Chilean entering the past year of his contract, he's primed to sign the biggest deal of his career this summer.
The gaffer: Pep Guardiola - The Spaniard has enjoyed phenomenal success wherever he has been but perhaps found life in the Premier League tougher than he expected. Since moving from Chelsea earlier this summer, the 19-year-old Englishman has turned heads in every appearance he made on the Reds' preseason tour.
"I hope he doesn't leave Madrid". Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season. We did it together with a great team, great passion and a great coach. He's only 21, and should continue to improve with experience. "When he was not scoring, the team were a little bit in trouble to win matches". Vincent Kompany remains a class act in the centre, whilst you have to imagine John Stones will have a much better season than his first at the Etihad. But the Manchester Evening News says the United boss is now intent on getting one more signing, and he has narrowed the targets down to Tottenham defender Danny Rose and Inter Milan's winger Ivan Perisic.
Cy Brown writes about soccer and other stuff for Sports on Earth.