Pep Guardiola hands Mangala chance to rebuild his Manchester City career

"Then we have got to adapt to their style of play", says Brighton midfielder Steve Sidwell.

March believes that the high transfer fees are a reflection of the quality in the league but says Brighton are not intimidated by bigger teams or anxious by the general consensus that they will be relegated after just one season.

"It's going to be tough, very tough".

But could cross-city rivals Manchester United mount a challenge after spending over £130m themselves? . There's a gulf between Albion and City.

Arsenal also have a new striker to go to war with, in the form of Alexandre Lacazette, but most of their hopes could lie on the future of two longer-serving players. Can Manchester City's strategy of creating an entire team of full-backs (including the goalkeeper) possibly work? I think soon [they will be back] but not for this game.

And, if you're so bleeding clever, why don't you ply us with a few of your own predictions for 2017/18.

It is a theory that could be put to the test with Clyne set to miss the start of the season through injury.

"We spent the first three months in the bottom places".

For a serial collector of trophies at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, finishing his first season in English soccer without a single title was an unusual feeling for Guardiola.

The Spaniard's Liverpool counterpart, Jurgen Klopp, had on Thursday dubbed the Manchester club "incredible", tipping them for the title as the League resumes Friday.

Brighton pulled off a great achievement in securing a return to the top flight but this division is all about quality and, with the best will in the world, their squad doesn't look good enough. "Of course, for the next three, four years, Manchester City is going to buy one, two players (each window)". When I am not playing or training, I watch football all the time. "But the printing machine was really temperamental so we had to use a hairdryer to try to warm it up".

Guardiola's side have also signed goalkeeper Ederson and winger Bernardo Silva as they look to improve upon their Premier League finish of third last season.

Rio Ferdinand - Ferdinand formed one of the best defensive partnerships that the league has ever seen with Nemanja Vidic, but his longevity gives him the edge over the Serbian. I know that the manager is the same and that I will learn a lot from Guardiola and the other players.

It takes time to get used to such things again: it takes time to take them seriously again.

Huddersfield Town - Aaron Mooy has been one of its big signings and he was terrific last season, but it's going to be a tough one in the Premier League for it. Make no mistake, for teams like Huddersfield success is staying up.

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