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13 Agosto 2017, 06:58 | Crisanna Felipe

Guardiola's men have impressed in pre-season and are favourites to win the Premier League

Guardiola's men have impressed in pre-season and are favourites to win the Premier League

We were quicker and attacked inside and outside and before the two goals we had chances. City have no confirmed absentees, though Ilkay Gündoğan and summer signing Benjamin Mendy are both early doubts.

Typical of many opinions is a man who has been there and done it - former Leeds United star John Giles who has a well-balanced, interesting column in The Irish Independent.

Jesus saw another goal chalked off shortly after the restart, with David Silva straying fractionally offside on the end of a stunning Fernandinho pass and Aguero spurned a one-on-one opening under pressure from Dunk as City resumed their dominance of the contest. Elsewhere, Conte had guided Chelsea to the Premier League title and Mourinho delivered the EFL Cup and Europa League trophies to Old Trafford.

"There are a lot of positives to take out of this game, building on what we did in preseason". He is for sure expected to be involved this season.

"Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we have this season". I'm happy with what I've seen today.

No wonder Guardiola was so relieved at the start of his second season in charge. Good as it may look, good is not enough.

"When you go to Germany, Spain or Italy to buy, it is £10-£15m more expensive". Thus, to put here stands on "total more than 2.5".

But how quickly they can gel into an effective Premier League unit will be one of the biggest tests facing Hughton's side.

Last season can only be described as a resurgence period, a season of transition.

"We have spent, of course, but all the teams have spent", he continued. City seem set to have a stellar season and Guardiola will definitely be rearing to go after a trophy less term last time around which is not what he is used to. If the chairman or CEO come and say it's not possible then we work with the academy players, players we've had in the past.

Premier League previews and pundit predictions are awash in the media this morning ahead of the big kick-off. I still contact them and even the physiotherapists. This as a result of their goalkeeping reinforcement and their more electric sidelines as it appears. Another possibility could also be Jesus being played in the no.9 role at times in this system with Aguero being forced out of the starting 11.

The squad depth is good for rotation, so their involvement in other competitions shouldn't be a problem.

But the stakes are high and there are no guarantees that City and Guardiola will succeed.

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