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City finished third last season, managing 12 clean sheets, five behind the division's best of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

"It's the same pressure as I had last season".

Guardiola has moved to improve the defence over the summer by signing the full-backs Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo.

"We have spent of course, but all the teams have spent". The arrival of 11 "important" players - as Guardiola refers to them - has handed the Spanish coach an embarrassment of riches up in attack and fresh energy throughout his squad, which now has an average age of 24.

While City are still open to offers for him, Guardiola is involving Mangala with the first-team squad and the France defender could yet stay at the club.

"I have a lot of respect for the players I had, I never complained for one bad game or bad defeat, making excuses, never, even in Germany I never said that, never in my life I make an excuse about what happened", he added.

The City line-up for their 1-0 win was all-British but the eleven who will take the field on Saturday will be drawn from around the world - with even more global talent having been recruited during the close-season. We just made it [a strike-rate of] 60-70% for chances we created and that's poor.

"But we try to win the game".

But how quickly they can gel into an effective Premier League unit will be one of the biggest tests facing Hughton's side. The second week the people want a new [manager] for the next games. I was confident last season too. We have to deal with that and handle that.

"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". 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. Danilo is a bit more defensive minded than Mendy and Walker but is still very good at keeping possession and holding onto the ball, which will suit City well when they are dominating possession and trying to break down their opponent.

Shearer feels things are not right behind the scenes at Chelsea for the moment and believes they need at least two to three players to challenge for the title again this season.

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