Fortified by Manchester City's £200 million ($260 million) overhaul, Pep Guardiola is under pressure to ensure his second season in the Premier League is far more successful than his torrid first. We will change one important player, it depends on who we are going to stay.
Manchester CitymanagerPep Guardiola has claimed that he will spend significantly less in the transfer market next summer after splashing out nearly £400m in the last 13 months.
Defenders Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo have all come in along with goalkeeper Ederson and midfielder Bernardo Silva. "We didn't buy full-backs for five, six years", said Guardiola.
Following his arrival at the Etihad a year ago, the Spaniard spent £171.5m on new players but could only guide the club to third in the Premier League, 15 points behind champions Chelsea.
"We needed to do that this summer because we have one of the oldest teams in Europe".
The Brazil star was a crucial first team player and his departure has handed Barca the unenviable task of trying to replace him, and if Busquets were to leave too, that would be hugely detrimental to the team. We create always more than the opponent. Intelligent players don't need time to be involved in the way we want to play.
"I am so happy because they work well, and especially no injuries", Guardiola said.
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.
Even more so than his old foe Jose Mourinho across town at Manchester United, if Guardiola can not at the very least orchestrate a sustained title challenge, his gilded reputation will take a sizeable hit.
"It's going to be a challenge for everybody but we'll take it in our stride, compete and we'll surprise a few people", March told The Times newspaper.
And as the build-up to Saturday's Premier League opener away at Brighton continues, Guardiola revealed how grateful he was to the City board for their work in clinching the signing of Bernardo.