Manchester City Aim To Hold Off Big-Spending Pretenders To Premier League Crown

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Manchester City begin the defence of their Premier League title away to newly-promoted Burnley on Friday as Pep Guardiola‘s men look to hold off an ambitious group of challengers to their crown as English champions

Manchester City begin the defence of their Premier League title down to recently- promoted Burnley on Friday as Pep Guardiola’s men look to hold off an ambitious group of contenders to their crown as English titleholders. Arsenal and Manchester United have spent big to try and end their long delay for a league title, while Liverpool and Chelsea are anticipated to bounce back from last season’s disappointment. But another transfer window of major investment by English clubs has been overshadowed by the lavish totalities soliciting indeed some of the Premier League’s stylish gift to Saudi Arabia.

City not only won the Premier League for a fourth time in five times last season, but completed a treble of FA Cup and the club’s first ever titleholders League.

Maintaining his side’s hunger is the task awaiting Guardiola, but the Catalan trainer is confident City will rise to the challenge of getting the first side to ever win four successive English top- flight titles.

“We’ve done it in the history, why should we not do it now? What we did belongs in our hearts and minds but while we’re then we can not stop,” said Guardiola.

City have lost captain Ilkay Gundogan to Barcelona and Riyad Mahrez to the outpour from Europe to Saudi.

The appearance of Croatian internationals Josko Gvardiol and Mateo Kovacic has softened that blow, but the titleholders have been quiet in the request compared to the chasing pack.

Arsenal were alternate last season and have splashed out over 200 million pounds($ 255 million) on Declan Rice, Kai Havertz and Jurrien Timber in an attempt to go one better this time.

The Gunners saw an immediate price by beating City on penalties to win the Community Shield on Sunday and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale believes palm at Wembley was an important cerebral chain for Arsenal to clear.

“For us it’s a statement,” said Ramsdale.” It’s a marker to know we can go and beat Man City in a big game when it matters. I am not sure what it’ll be like this season but that internal block is gone. We are ready to push on now.”

United remain in limbo off the field as addresses over a implicit preemption of the Red Devils drag on.

But director Erik ten Hag has still been handed his asked targets with the appearance of goalkeeper Andre Onana, midfielder Mason Mount and Denmark striker Rasmus Hojlund.

United finished third and won the League Cup in Ten Hag’s first season, but have gone a decade without a Premier League title.

Liverpool aren’t in the titleholders League for the first time in seven times after finishing fifth last season.

A midfield overhaul at Anfield has been accelerated by the departures of captain Jordan Henderson and Fabinho to Saudi Arabia with Argentine World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai coming by.

“At the moment it looks like they’ve quite an influence. It’s massive,” said Liverpool master Jurgen Klopp on the arising trouble in the Gulf to the Premier League’s status as the world’s leading league.

Still, Newcastle– who are 80 percent possessed by the Saudi autonomous wealth fund– have so far added just Italian midfielder Sandro Tonali and winger Harvey Barnes from relegated Leicester.

New Chelsea master Mauricio Pochettino has overseen a huge clearout at Stamford Bridge to trim down a bloated team that sank to 12th last season.

Tottenham are also under new operation, but the early days of Ange Postecoglou’s reign have been overshadowed by the mistrustfulness over whether Harry Kane will leave to join Bayern Munich.

As hundreds of millions are spent squeezing for positions at the top end of the table, Luton Town are spending big just to get their 10,000 capacity colosseum Kenilworth Road up to scrape for life in the top flight.

Luton have risen from the fifth- league National League to the Premier League in just 10 seasons.

The Hatters, who begin their crusade down to Brighton, will have to stay for a first home game until at least coming month after a clash with Burnley was laid over to allow redundant time for colosseum upgrades to be completed. Know More Latest Football News…

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