Guardiola unmoved by Manchester City favourite tag

City will begin their campaign on Saturday when they play away to newly promoted Brighton and Hove Albion.

The south coast club's last home game in the top flight was a 1-0 defeat by City on May 7 1983.

Tim Carder - Secretary, Brighton & Hove Albion Supporters´ Club "I am old enough to remember the last (and only) time we were in the old First Division, from 1979 to 1983".

"Hopefully Mike can keep his word and we can do what we want to do", he said. "How long they take to gel at the back in going to be the question and they'll leave themselves open with their attacking style, but they will still outscore everyone".

Most bookmakers seem to fancy Manchester City for the Premier League title and Pep Guardiola has certainly splashed the cash in an emphatic manner. "If the club decides [I am] not able, we are going to take a solution".

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Manchester United had a disappointing league campaign during 2016/17 but they were absolved by an impressive Europa League win in May. 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. We are strong defensively and I predict 1-1. "People say in my first press conference we are favourites".

Morata, perhaps the window's most intriguing signing, spent most of last season warming the bench at Real Madrid and is reported to have confidence issues. It's very rare a transaction doesn't go through eventually, as we saw with Neymar. "That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that".

Defence was the major problem with the Manchester City side past year as players couldn't adapt to Peps system. "We will maybe change one important player".

He added: "We played four games, one with four at the back and the last three with three at the back".

It is too early to say who has got the best of the most frenetic transfer market, but few of the buys come with the proven record that Zlatan Ibrahimoivic brought to United last summer.

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The Belgian striker was sold to Everton in a £27m deal from Premier League champions Chelsea in the 2014 summer transfer window.

"They also told me about the city".

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Shearer feels things are not right behind the scenes at Chelsea for the moment and believes they need at least two to three players to challenge for the title again this season. It will be hard for them to stay up, especially the first time around.

Pep Guardiola will have been disappointed with his first season in England as it was his first season without a piece of silverware for the first time in his managerial career, and the Catalan has looked to rectify by breaking the bank with the likes of Bernardo Silva, Ederson, Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy joining the cause thus far.

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