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Are Pep's men the team to stop? – Man City 2017/18 Season Preview

Are Pep's men the team to stop? – Man City 2017/18 Season Preview

Ready to begin their debut Premier League campaign Brighton takes on Manchester City on Saturday afternoon. On paper, this might appear as a one-sided affair in favor of the Etihad Airways-backed club.

Before Leicester City were crowned league champions in 2015/16, the idea of a small team challenging for the title, let alone winning, was not something even remotely possible in this day and age where bigger clubs with deep pockets tend to rule the roost.

Starters Sergio Aguero and 20-year-old Gabriel Jesus are expected for a deadly combination.

Much is made of the difference in earnings between superstar players and the general public, particularly as football revenues increase thanks to massive TV deals. Striker Alexis Sanchez, who has been ruled out of Friday's opener against Leicester, is in the final season of his Emirates Stadium contract. "Keep doing what we've done in the last three games and it should be exciting". Other new signings include Davy Pröpper (transfer, PSV Eindhoven) and Izzy Brown (loan, Chelsea). I'm not in a position to say I'm not happy.

"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. Speaking is very easy but the most important thing is to prove myself on the pitch".

Brighton & Hove Albion will be without Sam Baldock due to a calf injury and Beram Kayal with a leg injury in their opening game.

However, they have been unable to sign a wide player, and a move for Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic, who has been linked in the British media with a transfer to Old Trafford, looks unlikely. Third on the table is his lowest finish as a manager.

Mourinho insists he is content with the United board's efforts in the market and will not protest if the club are unable to bring in a new addition before the window shuts. Joe Hart is on loan to West Ham United.

Ashley Young, Luke Shaw and Marcus Rojo are all out of this match for the Red Devils.

"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. We were not able with those players to find a solution".

For both Manchester City and Manchester United, last season was a disappointment.

"We have a central midfielder and striker, so obviously another player would be one coming from the sides".

In contrast, Arsenal fans in North London typically earn the most of all Premier League fans at £663 per week. With a full preseason under his belt with his new club, he will be a tantalizing prospect.

Pep Guardiola will resist a tactical shift at Manchester City this season, having backed his raft of big-money singings to fit last season's often stuttering gameplan.

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