Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says repeat of record-breaking season impossible

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Manager Pep Guardiola is again set to field a young starting XI with the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Claudio Bravo and Leroy Sane providing some experience in the squad.

Jurgen Klopp has spent heavily in the summer to strengthen his squad bringing in Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri for a combined fee of around £170 million.

He said: "Every club, do what they believe, and I understand it".

"I am confident we can build on last season". Liverpool believe they need these players and spend this money so I'm not judging what they're doing.

Guardiola certainly has had his detractors during his distinguished managerial career but his Manchester City team were historically great last season.

Villa now plays for New York City FC, who are under the umbrella of the City Football Group.

"I am satisfied by the performance in the first half and the first 15 minutes of the second half, not the last 30 minutes".

While preparing for friendly matches against Liverpool and Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup, the Algeria international revealed Guardiola's winning habit drew him to City.

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Manchester City were last season's runaway winners, amassing an unprecedented 100 points, 19 points ahead of nearest rivals Manchester United, 23 ahead of Spurs, 25 ahead of Liverpool and a huge 30 points ahead of fifth placed Chelsea.

While there are some who are entertaining talk of Jürgen Klopp's side being the best equipped to challenge Manchester City for the 2018/19 Premier League title, there is more being said about the German's spending.

"I am not concerned what someone says one day".

"It's really good so far, it's really good", he said.

"Players will not have to play all the games during the season and can have some recovery".

"He's a player for Juventus and we are not interested". He's a top, top player.

"We have a few weeks and we'll decide, maybe one but maybe not, we will see". "The pressure of the national team you have to put on other players, not on Phil".

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