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Manchester City justify Pep Guardiola’s £130m spent on full-backs

The manager explains what Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo have brought and how it enables the short passes in the middle he wants them to play

Jaws dropped and heads shook when Manchester City spent around £130m on three full-backs this summer. In financial terms that sum meant little to City’s infinitely rich Abu Dhabi rulers. But on the pitch the sense of those investments is becoming clear. They nearly complete City’s team.

The two most expensive of those full-backs, Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy, each cost more than £50m, about double what City paid Real Madrid for the third, Danilo. Walker and Mendy could not be deployed together for the first few matches of this campaign because of injury and suspension, but they have started City’s last three games and the opposition have paid a heavy price. Liverpool, Feyenoord and Watford have been demolished by a combined score of 15-0.

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Manchester City justify Pep Guardiola’s £130m spent on full-backs

The manager explains what Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo have brought and how it enables the short passes in the middle he wants them to play

Jaws dropped and heads shook when Manchester City spent around £130m on three full-backs this summer. In financial terms that sum meant little to City’s infinitely rich Abu Dhabi rulers. But on the pitch the sense of those investments is becoming clear. They nearly complete City’s team.

The two most expensive of those full-backs, Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy, each cost more than £50m, about double what City paid Real Madrid for the third, Danilo. Walker and Mendy could not be deployed together for the first few matches of this campaign because of injury and suspension, but they have started City’s last three games and the opposition have paid a heavy price. Liverpool, Feyenoord and Watford have been demolished by a combined score of 15-0.

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Pep Guardiola delighted with Manchester City players after 6-0 win – video

Pep Guardiola was ‘delighted’ with his Manchester City side after watching them demolish Watford 6-0 at Vicarage Road. His counterpart, Marco Silva, insisted that the game would be a useful one for his team to analyse and learn from. City’s win, which included a hat-trick for Sergio Agüero, has sent them top of the league, three points above their city rivals, Manchester United

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Pep Guardiola: ‘We are doing many things now that we didn’t do last season’

• Manchester City ‘have good balance, good players and good spirit’
• Guardiola describes hat-trick star Sergio Agüero as ‘a legend’ after 6-0 win

A jubilant Pep Guardiola believes his Manchester City side are much better than last season after watching his team thrash Watford 6-0 and go top of the Premier League.

Guardiola said greater familiarity with his methods, plus lavish player recruitment in the summer, gives him confidence City will not dip as they did last season. “I am delighted, so happy,” said Guardiola. “There are many things we are doing now that we didn’t do last season.”

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Pep Guardiola calms talk of Champions League success for Manchester City

• Manager says his developing side ‘are not dreaming’ before Feyenoord test
• Ederson takes place in squad despite face injury sustained against Liverpool

Pep Guardiola admits he does not know if Manchester City can win the Champions League as his side are still in the “process of growing”. They face Feyenoord in their Group F opener at Rotterdam’s De Kuip on Wednesday night.

The manager’s view may cause some surprise as he has just overseen £226m being spent in the transfer window and City’s squad cost £775m to assemble in total, the most expensive ever.

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Ederson’s good decision exposes Liverpool’s flaws on Jürgen Klopp’s day to forget | Barney Ronay

Sadio Mané’s red card was not bad luck but bad judgment and Liverpool’s resultant collapse allowed Manchester City to show their best side

If you can meet a 5-0 thrashing and a messy 1-1 draw and treat those two impostors exactly the same; well, there is a fair chance you will be a testy, process-obsessed Catalan super-manager, my son. Six months ago Pep Guardiola described Manchester City’s draw with Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium as “one of the best moments of my career”. Fast forward to Saturday lunchtime and City’s 5-0 shellacking of the same opponents on the same ground left Guardiola a little restless, a little cagey in his judgments.

City’s manager was pleased and talkative but still rueful over the opening half-hour when Liverpool perhaps shaded it and when, if you had had to bet on a player being sent off, it would surely have been Nicolás Otamendi, whose performance combined ponderousness with a blind scything violence whenever he got near the ball.

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Klopp: Liverpool must stay confident despite 5-0 loss to City – video

Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp give their reactions after Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sané both scored twice to steer Manchester City to a 5-0 victory over Liverpool, inflicting Jürgen Klopp’s heaviest loss in management in 11 years. Liverpool’s capitulation at the Etihad Stadium unfolded after Sadio Mané was sent off in the 37th minute for a high challenge on Ederson that led to the goalkeeper being carried off on a stretcher

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Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany out of Liverpool game with calf injury

• City captain suffered the knock in Belgium’s 9-0 victory over Gibraltar
• Guardiola says there was ‘zero chance’ of Raheem Sterling going to Arsenal

Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of Manchester City’s match against Liverpool with a calf problem, an injury that will revive concern about the captain’s long-term availability.

Kompany suffered the knock in Belgium’s 9-0 victory over Gibraltar during the international break. It brings an end to the 31-year-old’s run of 11 consecutive appearances, the longest for three years due to his serial injuries.

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Pep Guardiola v Jürgen Klopp – a showdown to break the season open | Barney Ronay

Liverpool’s trip to Manchester City pitches the team with the most goals from counterattacks against the side who top the list for possession and passes. It has the feel of a pivotal moment

Enough of the false starts, the window-wangling, the angsty autumn qualifiers. After an early season spent crunching around in the high gears, followed by a 13-day Premier League hiatus just as things were starting to get interesting, Saturday lunchtime at the Etihad Stadium really cannot come quickly enough. Time for some ignition.

The Premier League is no stranger to showdowns and face-offs, not to mention Judgment Days, Super Saturdays and all the rest. This is a sporting theatre where the needle only ever goes up to 11 and the product is never knowingly under-oversold. And yet there are still times when the storylines converge, the gears click together and the fixture list throws up a match that really does feel like a jumping-off point.

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Pep Guardiola’s central problem not dispelled by Manchester City’s spending

Pep Guardiola has spent £158m on his rearguard but not bought a centre-back and a shortage in that position could be exposed by Liverpool, which would augur badly for the season

Despite a £226m summer transfer splurge, Manchester City are still vulnerable in central defence as Pep Guardiola’s team welcome Liverpool for the early kick‑off on Saturday. Premier League hostilities resume at the Etihad Stadium after the international break against a Jürgen Klopp swarm‑and‑attack unit that should offer a gauge of how City’s failure to strengthen at centre-back may affect their 2017‑18 campaign.

Vincent Kompany, John Stones and Nicolás Otamendi are the manager’s leading players in the position. With Guardiola now preferring to utilise a three‑man defence and wing-backs, injury or loss of form for one of those will leave a hole as the only deputies at centre‑back are the unfancied Eliaquim Mangala and the inexperienced Tosin Adarabioyo.

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Sergio Agüero has been left feeling like a second-class Citizen | Daniel Taylor

Pep Guardiola’s treatment of the still prolific striker, who is closing in on the Manchester City scoring record, has been mystifying

It isn’t easy sometimes understanding why Pep Guardiola gives the impression that he is never fully satisfied with Sergio Agüero, and it is even more perplexing when we cannot be too far away from the Argentinian going into the record books as the most prolific scorer in Manchester City’s history.

As it stands, Agüero’s 170 goals in their colours leave him seven short of the highest total and, to put it into context, it took the record holder, Eric Brook, 11 years to accumulate that number, from 1928 to 1939. Agüero is just starting his seventh season in Manchester and is almost there already.

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Pep Guardiola should be nurturing Raheem Sterling not spending more cash | Paul Wilson

Manchester City’s manager has the raw material so why is he not bringing the best out of such players rather than attempting to buy other clubs’ top performers like Alexis Sánchez?

The final days and hours of the transfer window seem to be conforming to the usual pattern, the one that makes everyone wonder why, if clubs can get so much done in so short a time, they could not have compressed all their business into a few selected weeks of the close season.

The possibility of Alexis Sánchez moving from Arsenal to Manchester City is one that already seems to have been around for several lifetimes and there are even claims the Arsenal players are now hoping it goes through because the Chilean’s attitude has become so disruptive. The end of the window on Thursday cannot come soon enough.

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Why Girona? Manchester City’s deal with Pep Guardiola’s brother raises questions | David Conn

Of all the football deals in all the world, what attracted Manchester City’s Abu Dhabi owner and executives to go into business with their manager Pep Guardiola’s brother and agent?

Manchester City’s purchase of the La Liga club Girona last week combined a billionaire’s swagger with an uneasy impression of keeping business in the family. The unprecedented deal presents a dizzying clutch of questions, the most glaring one concerning the partnership with the agent Pere Guardiola in the joint 88% acquisition of another club. Of all the football deals in all the world, what attracted Manchester City’s Abu Dhabi owner and executives to go into business with their manager Pep Guardiola’s brother and agent?

Inquiries of the Football Association, which has detailed regulations seeking to prevent agents, managers and clubs working incestuously together and having conflicts of interest, produces the answer that no rules have been broken. Pere Guardiola, agent to Luis Suárez, Andrés Iniesta and many other mostly Spanish players including two at City, is a registered intermediary (the new term for agent) with the English and Spanish FA.

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Pep Guardiola demands explanation for Raheem Sterling’s sending off

• Winger sees red at Bournemouth after celebrating late winner with City fans
• Allegation Sergio Agüero assaulted a match-day steward has been withdrawn

Pep Guardiola once again complained about the match officials as Manchester City had Raheem Sterling sent off after he picked up a second yellow card for his celebrations among jubilant away supporters, following his 97th-minute winner at Bournemouth. It was the second time in six days that City had been reduced to 10 men, after Kyle Walker’s red card against Everton on Monday.

Related: Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling breaks Bournemouth but then sees red

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Manchester City will improve, vows Guardiola after draw with Everton – video

Pep Guardiola cut a frustrated figure after watching his Manchester City side draw 1-1 with Everton in the Premier League on Monday. Guardiola refused to discuss the referee’s decision to send Kyle Walker off on his home debut for the club but praises his players for rescuing a point after Wayne Rooney had given the visitors the lead

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Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola ponders pluses and pitfalls of attacking riches

The manager has a wealth of forward talent at his disposal for Monday’s game against Everton but will need success to keep all his star players happy

For the largest embarrassment of attacking riches in the Premier League’s 25-year history, look no further than Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. At the Etihad Stadium for Monday night’s match with Everton the manager can choose from Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sané, Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Yaya Touré, Ilkay Gündogan and Sergio Agüero.

After the 2-0 victory in their opening game at Brighton & Hove Albion, Guardiola also mentioned Phil Foden, a 17-year-old who impressed in pre-season and was an unused substitute. If Guardiola’s pursuit of Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez proves successful he will have a full XI at his disposal to fill a maximum of five places, if a three-centre-back system is used.

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Manchester City plan new Jonny Evans bid but Pep Guardiola wary of rising fee

• West Brom rejected initial £18m bid with player keen on move
• Guardiola has identified other options if fee cannot be agreed

Manchester City will not be held to ransom over Jonny Evans, with Pep Guardiola having identified other options at centre-back should West Bromwich Albion not agree with their valuation of the Northern Irishman.

City are set to make a renewed bid for Evans after having one in the region of £18m rejected by the Midlands club. Tony Pulis made Evans West Brom captain after Darren Fletcher left for Stoke City and the manager is adamant City will have to offer an acceptable fee if he is to be transferred.

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Pep Guardiola pays tribute to Barcelona terror attack victims – video

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Pep Guardiola hands Mangala chance to rebuild his Manchester City career

• £42m centre-half is back training with the City first-team squad
• Manager urges strikers to improve ‘poor’ conversion of chances

Eliaquim Mangala could earn a surprise reprieve at Manchester City after the defender returned to training with Pep Guardiola’s squad, though Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony and Jason Denayer are all set to leave as they are not involved with the main group.

Related: Manchester City: Pep Guardiola needs big dip into bottomless purse to work

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Pressure on José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola to produce title challenges | Jamie Jackson

United and City expect far better for Manchester than last season while Premier League champions Chelsea hoped Morata’s goals could retain their crown

After Antonio Conte led Chelsea to their fifth Premier League crown in his first campaign, Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho embark on a defining 2017-18 season. Defining because the pair were granted a free pass last term. However, Conte’s feat casts a harsh light on how poorly Guardiola and Mourinho performed. Guardiola guided City to an unconvincing third and Mourinho took United to a lowly sixth. As the positions suggest, neither manager was able to mount a serious tilt at the title and thus their respective employers have to find excuses for them and succour from elsewhere.

Related: Nemanja Matic may be Manchester United’s most important summer signing | Jonathan Wilson

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