Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Guardiola defends Man City's big spending

Guardiola defends Man City's big spending

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

City were soon 2-0 up as Lewis Dunk headed into his net after a cross from Fernandinho.

Tottenham, second last season, have not signed a single player yet; instead hoping that their young core will shift gears and perhaps take them to the league.

"We did it earlier, so we were lucky because now it would be so much more expensive with what has happened in the last weeks". The big teams have to handle all situations.

"We had to be patient, in the first half they were well organised, we could see they had a clear game plan", Kompany told BT Sport.

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

Guardiola said: "Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season".

"It was a tough game and a tough introduction into the Premier League, but we know we aren't going to be facing teams like that every week".

"Here every game is a battle, and from my experience - in Barcelona too - it's hard against a newly-promoted club". "People say we are a big team but we run like a League One or a Conference team".

"He's learning all the time, and I don't think anybody can dispute what a brilliant manager he is", said Hughton of Guardiola. If he wants us to play together we can, as we have already shown. "Against newly promoted teams it's always complicated - they defend so deep, with 10 players - but we were able in the end to win the game. We got the goal because we were patient".

"We controlled the counter-attacks, we conceded just one chance in 90 minutes away from home and that's not easy in the Premier League".

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"I was very happy with the new players". It will be hard for them to stay up, especially the first time around.

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.

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