City style is reason I signed — Bernardo

Btahim Diaz against Everton U22 2016/17 youth league

Btahim Diaz against Everton U22 2016/17 youth league

Even though it guarantees Champions League football once again, they will surely hope to surpass the last-16 mark this season, and avoiding a midway exit in the EFL Cup, or even a late dismissal in the FA Cup. Ederson can get the ball into the opposition penalty box with one long pass, something Guardiola highlighted following the preseason win against Tottenham in Nashville.

With Bernardo Silva added to the powerhouse attacking line-up available to Guardiola, the boss believes he is in a better place to execute his tactical plans in 2017-18, starting with Saturday's trip to newly promoted Brighton and Hove Albion.

City may be giving Mangala another chance to prove himself, but Nasri is set for the exit, according to Jackson: "Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony and Jason Denayer are all set to leave as they are not involved with the main group".

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City finished 15 points off the pace of Premier League champions Chelsea as Guardiola presided over the first trophyless campaign of his career. "I was confident then too".

"If you see in the first games [last season] against Sunderland and especially against Steaua Bucharest, between last season and now, it's completely the same".

Golden Boot: Gabriel Jesus.

Jesus ended last season with seven goals in eight Premier League starts, although arguably his two most famous strikes were disallowed for offside. "That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that".

Their focus should be shifted to the central area. "They love it. That's why it's great to be here".

Be it a back three or a back four, I don't see any balance currently in the squad. There is no doubt that anything short of the title this season will be unsatisfying, after all the heavy involvement in the transfer market. The man cannot stop scoring and he has averaged 25 league goals in the past three seasons.

With Pascal Gross and Markus Suttner signed from Bundesliga side Ingolstadt, Brighton have quickly followed the Premier League trend, creating a multinational squad with a strong European influence.

"If we can keep (captain) Vincent Kompany fit and in the team alongside the new signings, then I think we have everything ready for a very successful 2017/18 campaign".

This is a player who is given far less credit than he deserves in terms of his work-rate, assists, energy, trackback-ability and dangerous pin-point crossing to mention but a few.

"I won't say 'never' to [returning to] the Bundesliga. Probably to Schalke, but that's not even for debate".

"The fundamentals are completely the same".

Will Harry Kane make it three Golden Boots in a row? "Sead Kolasinac is also is in England now; I met him already in London", Sane said. But if he wants me to play up front alone, it's his decision.

Guardiola has admitted such a lacklustre performance would have seen him sacked at his previous clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich. "£130 million worth of full backs in the first game", Brighton's home-grown winger Solly March says, smiling.

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