Pep Guardiola: Premier League players £20-£25m more expensive


Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud staked a claim for a starting place with the victor in a thrilling season-opening 4-3 victory over Leicester City in the Premier League on Friday. Expectations were sky-high when Guardiola alighted in Manchester after years of being courted by City, but a title challenge failed to materialise and his side did not make a mark in any of the cup competitions.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said the club will curb their transfer spending in future years after a huge outlay on players during the close season.

"[We have] one more reason to be happy because, in this pre-season, we didn't lose any player".

"It's not something urgent, that we are desperate to have it done or not done, I just think that he was very clear by showing what he did past year was not enough for him".

The defence is effectively nailed on, despite Danilo's arrival from Real Madrid, as it is expected Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy will slot into the full-back roles. After six months he can sign for another team and if you watched Sanchez towards the end of the season he was getting very frustrated.

Leicester are winless against the North London club in their past 21 league meetings stretching back to November 1994 and Arsenal's run of 10 straight home victories over Craig Shakespeare's side is the longest for an English top-flight club at home.

"We kept going and the spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding", Wenger said. I think it will be a draw.

We are going to improve the way we attack- Guardiola
We saw this weekend what happened in many games. "We go to sign and other clubs are always going to ask us for more". Guardiola claims the new boys will compliment his existing squad and improve on last season's third-placed finish.

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Wolfe appeared unable to put any pressure on his right leg as he was helped by trainers from the cart into the team's facility. Wolfe was a key player on the Broncos' Super Bowl 50 team as he was a force against the run and as an inside pass rusher.

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Perhaps we've got to ensure that all our players give their all and hope that City are off-colour, but it can happen that way. If the remaining 25 per cent doesn't arrive, I will not moan. "So I'm happy to start on Sunday , we are ready".

Jose Mourinho admits Manchester United could still sign one more player, but he will not be "crying" if they do not.

By contrast, Everton are the highest-rated team United will play until October, although they then meet Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea virtually back to back.

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Tottenham's Harry Kane finished last season with eight goals in his last three games as he surged past Lukaku to win his second successive Golden Boot.

"Do I have to be more of a leader?"

Wenger said: "I personally am convinced that will happen soon", with reference to Corinne Diacre, who manages second-tier French team Clermont Foot. Manchester United ended up a disappointing sixth overall in 2016-17.