Guardiola says he's not moved by talk that Man City are favourites

Guardiola says he's not moved by talk that Man City are favourites

As for Spurs, Jake, Michael and Dan think they'll draw, while Peter expects Newcastle to run out winners in their first game back in the Premier League.

Having not finished below third in the Premier League during the Scot's reign, remarkably they have not finished higher than fourth since his retirement.

"We have certainly improved the squad, we look stronger, we are a year further ahead with the manager and his staff, we are in a better place than we were last year, so things are on the up".

Arsenal, of course, are famed for losing opening day fixtures and were exposed during last season's Premier League opener as a makeshift defence was embarrassed during a thrilling 4-3 loss to Liverpool.

Manchester United are still in the market to sign a wide player in the summer transfer window, according to Simon Stone. The Blues will put behind their defeat on penalty shootout in the Community Shield last weekend by Arsenal. He's made history everywhere with Porto, Inter and now he can do it with Manchester United. Los Blancos were absolutely dominant in a first period that could have seen them score at least three goals.

City will be without Mendy and Ilkay Gundogan for the match at promoted side Brighton on Saturday, but Guardiola said they were close to returning from injury. I've always liked Marko Arnautovic, he's given West Ham problems whenever he's played against them for Stoke and Javier Hernandez is an extremely exciting addition to the side.

"I think if you see the team last season and this season, the four [pre-season] games we played, the fundamentals are the same", he said.

The 18 conceded at Anfield may not sound bad, but it was a higher figure than all the other teams in the top six, as well as city rivals Everton.

It was a tough season for Arsenal fans as Arsene Wenger's men failed to qualify for the Champions League.

Reports have even suggested Paris Saint-Germain's Serge Aurier has agreed a deal to join the Premier League giants, but Mourinho is confident new signing Lindelof can fill the role if no one else comes in.

"We didn't have full-backs and you have to buy full-backs", the Spaniard added.

"Normally the second season should be better than the first, but again, this is modern football".

Having insisted throughout last season, particularly when the team was struggling during the winter months, that he would never change his principles, the reality is that Guardiola has modified his approach in an effort to succeed in England. A lot of people feel they aren't serious contenders because they do not have the "big" names that can elevate them to that level.

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