Man City's Pep Guardiola has high expectations of "intelligent" Bernardo Silva


Expectations were sky-high when Guardiola alighted in Manchester after years of being courted by City, but a title challenge failed to materialise and his side did not make a mark in any of the cup competitions. It would appear as though Pep Guardiola will use a 3-5-2 formation in the new campaign, which could see Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero start up front, and with players like Yaya Toure, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne creating chances, we could see Man City score goals for fun this term.

There were some promising signs last season - an opening salvo of 10 straight wins, a stunning Champions League victory over Barcelona - but City never found any consistent form.

"City are probably not going to know as much about us as we do about them".

Asked about extra pressure, he added: "It's the same pressure as I had last season".

"Danilo is 26, (Benjamin) Mendy is 23, Bernardo (Silva) is 22, Ederson is 23, so we bought players who are going to be stable for the next years".

Four of those new players cost more than £40m but that pales into insignificance compared to the €222m (£197m) Paris Saint-Germain paid Barcelona for Neymar.

Man City's Pep Guardiola has high expectations of
Man City's Pep Guardiola has high expectations of "intelligent" Bernardo Silva

As he would nearly any team in world football, Busquets could improve the engine room of City's side.

The City boss says that transfer fees can not continue to grow at the current case and expects them to level off at some point. But I think it is unsustainable.

"Hopefully next season I will be here and we will not spend how we spent this season", Guardiola told reporters ahead of City's Premier League opener at Brighton on Saturday. Sooner or later it's going to finish.

Pep Guardiola has praised Manchester City's board for spending big to bring Bernardo Silva to the club this summer. But not what happened this summer.

"We needed to do that this summer because we have one of the oldest teams in Europe". One such club that is making an audacious attempt to sign him are Manchester City. It also goes without saying that the player can add value to just about every squad in the world.

Brighton could find it hard to match England's best sides and we definitely expect in-form Manchester City to win the game at Amex.