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Are Pep's men the team to stop? – Man City 2017/18 Season Preview

Are Pep's men the team to stop? – Man City 2017/18 Season Preview

I suspect if we all read the laws we'd find all kinds of things we didn't know, or that don't quite make sense.

Gabriel Jesus is hoping the competition between him and Sergio Aguero can inspire Manchester City to greatness this season.

City were woeful on the road that season and that match set the tone for what would be a year of frustrating performances, as then-manager Mark Hughes struggled to get to grips with the job.

The signing this week of Sead Hakšabanovic offset the likes of Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Marko Arnautovic and Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez.

And, these are the games Mourinho manages well.

City spent around £120m on full-backs alone, with Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy replacing the four full-backs that left in the summer. Aaron Cresswell could be involved after returning to training on Friday.

"We needed to do that this summer because we have one of the oldest teams in Europe".

The Portuguese coach concedes his squad is "similar" to the one he took charge of last season. Lukaku has a fine previous scoring record against the Hammers with Everton and is likely to have plenty of chances to add to that tally. Knockaert possesses the kind of star quality that is required at the highest level. City's firepower will test not just Brighton's defense but the home club's resolve as well. "But the top seven, we are going to be in the four competitions and so there is no advantage for any one of us".

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.

"It's the objective of every one of the top teams and every one of the top team managers". Chelsea, without European football, were able to run away with the title, as Leicester managed to do the season before. Brighton fans will surely pack the stands for this momentous occasion. He will take time to settle.

But, the footballing world is now very aware that Manchester United are a side in the image of their manager. City conceded 23 fewer shots than Chelsea but let in six more goals; resolving that issue may be trickier.

It's a lesson City learnt the hard way when they were Cardiff's first opponents at home in the Premier League. On paper, this might appear as a one-sided affair in favor of the Etihad Airways-backed club. I'm honest in my job.

He thought he had stolen the points in a debut cameo against Tottenham before briefly sending the Etihad Stadium wild in the 0-0 derby with Manchester United until the assistant's flag was spotted. But if he wants me to play up front alone, it's his decision.