Pep Guardiola: Manchester City will never spend this much on transfers again


"It was very much a club day but that's then, now it's about making sure we dust ourselves down and get some results that we will need".

Brighton started the game with plenty of passion and momentum as they hosted their first Premier League match.

"It's completely the same, because it's the same manager".

"That is why the club was clever to do that because we anticipated what we needed and we tried to do our best, not just for next season but the future". But the new keeper says Bravo is a quality player and has come back in top form after impressing with Chile at the Confederations Cup in the summer.

Guardiola was criticised at times last season for his total commitment to attacking football.

Guardiola added: "And we ran a lot".

"We bought three and the market is so demanding right now, for all the teams around the world, not just for Manchester City".

But if you're wondering why the Manchester clubs have been dominating headlines in England, it's because the rest of the big teams have been doing little online. "We will maybe change one important player".

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.

Guardiola also insists that despite taking City's expenditure to £217m he has actually saved the club money. "I sat here after the Sunderland game and you said: "You are the favourites, you are the most attractive, the most handsome, and nicest guys in the League".

"We did it earlier, so we were lucky because now would be more expensive after what happened in the last weeks".

He said: "Last season we were favourites too and finished 15 points behind and, from my experience as a manager, always in the beginning of the season, the new teams are the toughest ones". But we had one of the oldest teams in the Premier League and we decide to put energy and new players for the next four, five, six years.

"We were not able with those players to find a solution".

Eventually Bloom took over and helped bankroll the deal for their incredible Amex home and Brighton will now be at the top of the list for every away PL fan to visit this season.

And after Phil's eye-catching performance against Man United in pre-season, Pep couldn't hide his awe at the teenager's ability, saying: "It's a long time since I saw something like this".