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Guardiola says current spending in football is unsustainable

13 Agosto 2017, 12:34 | Gerardo Tarin

Summer signing Bernardo Silva takes part in a training session on Monday afternoon

Summer signing Bernardo Silva takes part in a training session on Monday afternoon

By contrast, 2016-17 was a magical year for Brighton.

"Last season at my first press conference", Guardiola told his pre-match press conference.

Having been promoted as runners-up in the Championship last season, Albion are among many pundits picks to be relegated.

A late victor by Kevin Reeves relegated Brighton that afternoon, setting them up for a dreary double when they eventually lost the Cup final to United in a replay.

"Expectations are loaded on Guardiola who, after his first season grappling with a new league and new squad, will provide a fascinating study as he seeks to remind us why he arrived with such fanfare and glittering reputation".

Can David Wagner manage to keep Huddersfield Town in the Premier League? They have working to stregthen their attcking line with the arrival of two strikers this summer.

Roberto, whose release clause is €40m, is reportedly seeking guarantees from new Barca boss Ernesto Valverde regarding his future play time.

Verdict: Though they are everybody favourites on the relegation list, it won't be wise to write them off so early.

Manager: Chris Hughton has achieved a lot in the three years in charge. Throw in the versatile Danilo from Real Madrid and the brilliant Bernardo Silva from Monaco and it is quite a haul, even if they do not get either Alexis Sanchez or Kylian Mbappe.

And Busquets' contract does not expire until 2019, with an option for a further two years in the midfielder's deal. Pascal Gross and Markus Suttner have also been brought in.

While signings Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayako and Antonio Rudiger do add genuine quality to the side, it's possible that with European football Chelsea will struggle in depth this time round.

Hughton has insisted Brighton must ignore any gulf in financial clout however, citing Burnley and Bournemouth as examples of how to carve out a Premier League niche on a budget.

The home side will be under no pressure, expected to be battered by this latest incarnation of Guardiola's City. "They need to make sure they're up for it and ready for it".

To call Newcastle a new team in the premier league is like calling Sun just another star. The big fail now takes one week in football.

With the top six highlighting their dominance past year and the newly promoted sides such as Huddersfield and Brighton already tipped for relegation, are there any sides who could buck the trend in this campaign?

Benitez knows Ashley has a form for letting managers take the flak when results turn sour and the former Liverpool manager's relationship with the sportswear tycoon will be a fascinating sub-plot on Tyneside. "That fact attracted me a lot", he said. We have to show them we don't want to let them play too much in our half. Sign up to play now!

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