English clubs break the bank as cumulative transfer spending crosses 1 billion

Guardiola defends Manchester City's big spending

English clubs break the bank as cumulative transfer spending crosses 1 billion

Whilst Premier League teams have no problems attracting quality players, it is now time for them to upgrade their tactics.

Following numerous issues surrounding diving players in recent seasons, new rules are now in place for the 2017/18 Premier League.

The 23-year-old became Mourinho's first signing back in June, signing for £31m from Benfica, and has featured as centre back in pre-season and against Real Madrid. In his earlier stinct in the premier league mangager (with Norwich), Hughton was often criticised for his negative style of play, but with Brighton he seems to have find a new level.

Matteo Darmian is likely to start ahead of Daley Blind at left-back, and Antonio Valencia should captain the side at right-back after Timothy Fosu-Mensah was loaned out to Crystal Palace.

Spurning interest from his former club Chelsea, Lukaku opted to join Manchester United in a £75 million deal that was a record for a transfer between British clubs.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is probably favourite to start ahead of Juan Mata and Anthony Martial so he should support Romelu Lukaku with the Belgian worldwide set to make his league debut following his big-money move from Everton this summer.

It isn't a coincidence that Spurs' best run in the Premier League has come when their defence has been led by some of the finest defenders in England - and it isn't a coincidence that Manchester City won the league titles in the seasons where Vincent Kompany was relatively free of major injuries.

"Last season we were [favourites] too and we finished 15 points behind", Guardiola said.

After claiming second place in the Championship last season, the Seagulls welcomed City to the Amex Stadium for the curtain raiser they had all been waiting for. The English Premier League begins on Friday night with Arsenal taking on Leicester City. The jury will be out for both managers who are actually condemned to win the title with the kind of money they have spent since joining their respective sides.

Manchester United played out a 1-1 draw with West Ham in this fixture last season before a 4-1 victory over the Hammers in the EFL Cup three days later.

"If we cannot strengthen the team in these areas we have players that we can trust".

However, United fan, Gurjinder, believes that the Premier League crown will go to Manchester.

"I'm so happy to be the manager of these guys, I told them a few days ago that during my long career I never had a group that I liked so much, like I like them", he said, after United's 2-1 loss to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in Skopje on Tuesday.

I did take Watford out of my picks because I think Andre Gray is a good signing for them and could make the difference.

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