Year 2 in Manchester: More Expectation, Spending for Mourinho's United, Guardiola's City

Chelsea will look to defend their Premier League crown in 2017/18

Chelsea will look to defend their Premier League crown in 2017/18

Guardiola has strengthened his defence this summer, bringing in three younger full-backs in Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo, and a new goalkeeper in Ederson - as well as signing midfielder Bernardo Silva.

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Pep Guardiola promised Manchester City would rein in its unprecedented levels of spending after overseeing an outlay of approaching $500 million in his first year in charge. Antonio Conte, fairly clearly, is not happy that he has been sold, and the Serbian was probably United's best player in the Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid on Tuesday.

We played with the best intentions and it was not enough.

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City is most pundits' favorites to win the league title, after finishing 15 points behind champion Chelsea last season.

"Last season we were favourites too", said Guardiola. "But we were not able to achieve what we were looking for".

In the end they were undone by their own mistakes, with Dale Stephens caught in possession in the lead-up to Aguero's goal and Dunk's own goal sealing their fate in a game City should have won more comfortably given their 75 percent possession. We needed to do that because it was one of the oldest teams in Europe not just the Premier League and we need to change it.

"But the season is going to be long and today was an improvement on a lot of things we did last season".

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The left-hander tossed six innings of one-run ball while striking out eight and walking three. Chad Kuhl (5-8) allowed five runs - four earned - on four hits over five innings in the loss.

Pep Guardiola has praised the speed of Manchester City's summer transfer activity.

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

Brighton boss Chris Hughton was proud of his side but felt they exhausted towards the end as City's class showed in the final 20 minutes.

"Last season we were third and people said it was a disaster". Every game is a battle, especially with the teams who arrive in the first four, five or six games - they are so complicated, especially away.

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