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Guardiola: This year City didn’t have much money, that’s the truth

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Pep Guardiola

Arsenal are the first Premier League opponents for defending champions, Manchester City, yet after a relatively quiet summer in the transfer market Pep Guardiola has admitted the club simply didn’t have much money to spend.

This comes after an unprecedented summer spend in 2017 saw the former Barcelona coach totally restructure his team, turning them into Premier League winners.

“We didn’t have much money this year, that’s the truth after last summer,” he explained in his pre-match press conference.

“I’m very happy with the team I have.

“I said we would sign one or two, but the second one wasn’t possible.”

Premier League clubs have been hindered by the early closure of their transfer window whilst the rest of Europe continues to be active in replenishing their squads, a decision which Guardiola feels needs to be looked at.

“I prefer the market to finish before the season starts, although other teams from outside England can still buy and we can’t react,” he admitted.

“The ideal situation is that everyone will end up with the same deadline.

“This is the first time it wasn’t like that and maybe in the future it will be revised, I will start the season with the players that I will have all year.”

Unai Emery will make his Premier League debut in Sunday’s clash, and the former Bayern Munich coach has praised the new Arsenal coach following their battles in LaLiga.

“Emery is an excellent coach,” he confirmed.

“His arrival is good for the Premier League.

“He knows absolutely everything about his opponents, it will be tough to face him and a good challenge for every other coach.”

Credit: Marca

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