"This time, we are all in the same basket".
LONDON-After three years away, the 2017-18 Premier League balance of power has returned to Manchester.
The 19-year-old is billed as one of Serie A's hottest prospects after starring for Italy's Under-21 team at the European Championships this summer.
Arsenal were unconvincing in beating Leicester on Friday night, Liverpool drew at Watford and holders Chelsea were beaten at home by Burnley. Is Tiemoue Bakayoko a similar type of player to Matic? They managed it because they had a system and a set way of working. Another new signing from Lyon, Alexandre Lacazette, showed some nice touches. It's not something that's urgent, it's not desperate to have it done or not.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte looked frustrated on the touchline at Wembley and with good reason. Not only to open his West Ham account, but to also serve as retribution to those who told him he is no longer good enough to represent United.
"It doesn't matter, the club will always be a giant". Jose Mourinho said he understands and accepts the extreme price inflation in the current transfer market and how inhibiting that is. In search of goals, Manchester United turned to last season's second-highest scorer. "We needed to do that because four or five players were out of contract".
Spurs must avoid a bad start at Wembley.
"I'm going to fight for them".
"I knew Newcastle is a massive club", said the 29-year-old. Premier League football is back and is about to consume our lives one game at a time for the next nine months.
What Pep Guardiola has really bought himself is options, with three debutants in the starting XI and a further 206 million pounds' worth of talent on the bench. Much depends on Romelu Lukaku settling in quickly.
But a Premier League title challenge is required this time around, with Lukaku providing a powerful presence in attack to replace the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Come February though, it will be different, as it is every year, much like for Phil Connors in Groundhog Day. As Jamie Carragher warned: "If Liverpool lose Coutinho there will be riots".
For the two Manchester clubs, last season was a mixed bag.
Diame - who has played in the Premier League for Hull, West Ham United and Wigan Athletic - believes that he's already benefitting from a summer's rest.
However Brighton fans will be hoping they can "do a Bournemouth" and show that the south coast teams have a bit of grit and don't spend all their time sitting in deckchairs on the beach sunning themselves. The Arsenal manager should have left after winning the FA Cup at the end of last season.
Despite their lavish spending, Manchester City are still light in midfield and defence, and Busquets' arrival helps address the two issues at once. Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and even West Ham are prone to upsetting the usual title contenders.