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Pep Guardiola has praised the speed of Manchester City's summer transfer activity.

Close to £130 million was invested in full-backs as Guardiola shored up his defence with Tottenham's Kyle Walker, Monaco's Benjamin Mendy from Monaco and Real Madrid's Danilo. "It's normal that the players and supporters are going to be celebrating for a period of time, but we have had to come down to reality", Brighton boss Hughton said.

He is amongst the players who gelled well into the manager's system, along with the likes of David Silva, Fernandinho, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, and lately Gabriel Jesus. "But we were not able to achieve what we were looking for".

Jesus ended last season with seven goals in eight Premier League starts, although arguably his two most famous strikes were disallowed for offside.

"We have spent, yeah, of course, [but] all the teams spend, except maybe Tottenham". We needed to do that because there were four or five players at the end of their contract and we try to make a younger, deeper squad.

"When you go to Germany, Spain, Italy to buy - it happens with United, Chelsea, all the big teams - it's £10-£15m more expensive".

"If you see in the first games [last season] against Sunderland and especially against Steaua Bucharest, between last season and now, it's completely the same". Our fans really get behind us and they're going to step it up even more because they know we need them even more.

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"But there's no doubt that the level of transfer fees have increased dramatically".

He says the club - and football - is very different now: "I think when we were in the top division for four seasons between 1979 and 1983 we were punching above our weight because we had never been there before. We didn't buy full-backs for five, six years", said Guardiola.

We bought three and the market is so demanding not just for Manchester City.

The 20-year-old's instant impression left Aguero - largely unchallenged as the club's premier forward since signing from Atletico Madrid in 2011 - on the bench, although Jesus suffering a broken metatarsal against Bournemouth in February earned him a reprieve. "More often than not, he finds a way to win, which is another reason I make United slight favourites [to win the title]", Shearer told BBC Sport.

"I don't [think] there's extra pressure on me", he said. Another trophy-less season will likely be deemed another failure and expectations, as such, are high in the Premier League, with an eye too on the Champions League semi-final at the very least.

"The group of players this season are going to stay here for a long time".

Guardiola could start with Jesus and Sergio Aguero up front, given he has used a 3-5-2 set-up for much of pre-season, which suggests Walker and Danilo are to be deployed as wing-backs.

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