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

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

Are you happy with ownership? Yes, they've lost some players too, but they still have the prolific Sergio Aguero and have a squad capable of challenging in the Premier League and Champions League.

You could easily say that any one of six teams (or who knows, maybe more) could win the title this year, and I don't know if there are any other leagues around the world, never-mind among the major leagues, where we could say that. There's no reason to complain about the owners, at least right now.

Improvement on last season's seventh-placed finish is the minimum requirement for Ronald Koeman, but a title bid might have to wait a year. It's sure to be a tight race but when we asked Chris Sutton to tell us who he thinks is going to miss out, he turned his attention to north London... "Of course, for the next three, four years, Manchester City is going to buy one, two players (each window)". But if he pulls a thigh muscle again, oh dear.

"He's a guy who plays in the middle and can be a holding midfielder or play in front". It is why, since he took charge, the club has spent in excess of £400 million on new players: They are simply not prepared to accept second-best.

Starting with the FA Cup semifinal against Arsenal on April 23rd, Kompany played every minute of the final 12 games of the season. Fernandinho gives everything all the time, and everyone loves him.

Pep Guardiola has thanked the Manchester City board for all their work in helping to secure the summer signing of Bernardo Silva.

Although both Foden and Brahim have shone as No.10s for City's youth teams, Brahim would be used in a wide role by Guardiola next season, if no new forwards arrive this month.

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Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian had two great seasons since joining City, but this one will probably be his best.

Muric, 18, is also slated to join the travelling party down to the south coast as third-choice goalkeeper, replacing Angus Gunn, who provided cover last season but is now on loan at Norwich.

One reason as to why the Premier League is so watchable and so popular is that there is so much competition, especially at the top of the table. We try to attack more fluently, and more times maybe this season, but it's a process to do that and sometimes you need a little bit more time. Watch out for KDB.

The Spanish youngster's first-team fate will depend upon whether City manage to sign another forward this summer, as they are still pushing to sign Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez and Monaco's Kylian Mbappe. Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season. Ultimately making him the most expensive defender in history. We're not disappointed with losses because we expect them, even though we're always the favorites.

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

As of Wednesday evening, Brahim was unsure whether he would be part of the squad travelling to Brighton, or playing for City's Under-23s against Chelsea in Manchester on Friday evening.

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