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Big-spending Guardiola leads chase of Chelsea

11 Août 2017

But his transfer activity since suggests that he is taking steps to address some mistakes.

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Energetic full-backs have become increasingly important and City acted swiftly to bolster their ranks. For all the money they have spent on fullbacks, City does not have enough attacking power to compete with Liverpool and Manchester United.

United created a lot of chances against the teams in the bottom half of the table last season but were left frustrated on a number of occasions due to their profligate nature; Lukaku, though still raw in some aspects, will inject his new sign with the ruthlessness they sorely crave.

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Their attack does look very exciting, though, and I think Mohamed Salah is one to watch out for.

Yet the prime error last term - when City finished 15 points adrift of champions Chelsea in third place - was an unbending emphasis on attack.

The sale of Nemanja Matic, a key man last season, to Manchester United set alarm bells ringing for me.

The Germany worldwide is nearing a return to first-team action but even then, there will be questions as to whether he and his rivals for the position can shield the defence alone in an attacking side that will commit full-backs high up the pitch.

The replacement of Joe Hart by Claudio Bravo, which subsequently backfired, has been addressed in the £34.7 million signing of Benfica's Ederson. However, considering Monaco were the top scorers in Europe last season with 107, that means the younger Silva had a hand in nearly half the goals.

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With a reported release clause of €200m, however, Manchester City may struggle to prize the experienced midfielder away from the Nou Camp.

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How could Manchester City line up next season? Certainly there are no excuses now that Guardiola has got the fullbacks he wanted in Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy, players who can at last provide width to stretch the play. And he knows it. However, in the January 2013, the Spaniard chose Bayern Munich as his next destination.

To a man, none of them can put hand on heart and swear that he is the deciding voice on player transfers.

Big-spending Guardiola leads chase of Chelsea