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Btahim Diaz against Everton U22 2016/17 youth league

Matic, in particular, was an odd sale for me and really surprising that they sold him to a close rival.

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.

"In the next few years City will buy one, two, maybe three players".

Guardiola will hope goalkeeper Ederson, acquired from Benfica for £34.9 million, is less error prone than Claudio Bravo, whose dismal season was a major factor in City's failed title challenge. His composure and ball-playing was supposed to stabilise the heart of the defence, but his inability to catch up with the high expectations after his heavy transfer fee cost both Manchester City and the player himself for that matter.

With Bernardo Silva added to the powerhouse attacking line-up available to Guardiola, the boss believes he is in a better place to execute his tactical plans in 2017-18, starting with Saturday's trip to newly promoted Brighton and Hove Albion. They'll feed off the crowd and start the game on the front foot, and unless City are able to control possession in the early minutes, they might suffer. It's completely the same, because it's the same manager. Silva has the magical touch and the perfect through balls, while De Bruyne can make an assist out of nowhere.

Having insisted throughout last season, particularly when the team was struggling during the winter months, that he would never change his principles, the reality is that Guardiola has modified his approach in an effort to succeed in England. Brighton didn't win the Championship last season, but they were without a doubt the best team in the division. But expect Sergio Aguero to make things interesting - if he plays regularly.

City have had a good warm-up going into the start of the campaign despite a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in their opening clash of their pre-season tour of America. But I think it is unsustainable. "Then we have got to adapt to their style of play", says Brighton midfielder Steve Sidwell.

Pep Guardiola has told Ederson Moraes to forget about his expensive price tag and enjoy being Manchester City's new No. 1.

"We are going to see at the end of the season what happens", he indicated.

Brighton have broken their club transfer record twice in one week to draft in Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven and Club Brugge's Jose Izquierdo, subject to medical and international clearance. We have to deal with that and handle that. But then we won at Nottingham Forest (who were then European champions), gained some confidence, put some runs together, and finished well clear of the relegation zone.

Brahim Diaz, 17, one of the fresh Academy products, has had a fruitful time in the youth ranks last season before tempting manager Pep Guardiola to name him on the match-day squad for the first time against Swansea in the EFL Cup, which he marked with a goal after a cameo with ten minutes to go.

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