He finished strongly though, scoring seven goals to take his tally in his debut season to nine, and Pep Guardiola wants him to hit the ground running this time. "We will see in the last days whether we will sign one player or wait". At the training facility of sister club New York City FC in Orangeburg, New York, press and cameras were allowed in for the full 90 minutes to see how Pep Guardiola is preparing differently in a bid to try to become the first manager to retain a Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson with Manchester United a decade ago.
Manchester City very almost had a ideal 2017/18 season and midfielder Bernardo Silva has acknowledged that one trophy was missing from their cabinet. They have brought Riyad Mahrez in and I feel like they may do some more business but they are the team to catch.
"But football, when you feel you are exhausted and the players don't follow you, even if I have the contract, I will speak with the people about it and we are going to find a solution".
With Liverpool having spent big in a push to challenge City, and United expected to make a number of big signings, Guardiola believes their historic season will never be beaten. Of the 16 players to go to the World Cup, Bernardo Silva is the only one to join up with the first team, while Benjamin Mendy will be reunited with the squad when they arrive in Miami on Thursday. "We've trained good. We've been working very hard". I'm here to help with my quality and that's it. "I can't tell him that because then he'll be stronger and take my place!" "It can only be good, I think, the competition".
Both English teams enter this battle on the back of respective defeats to German side Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup.
Silva has been on his guard since reporting back for pre-season duty on Monday as World Cup victor Mendy returned with him. "He's very ambitious", said Mahrez. He's a top, top player.
"We lost the distance between the defenders and the midfielders, but we know we have to work".