Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Guardiola, Mourinho spend heavily to dethrone Chelsea

Guardiola, Mourinho spend heavily to dethrone Chelsea

Mourinho says the club is not at the level of the best teams advancing deep into Champions League right now, but they will reach that level in just two years.

The Seagulls will host big-spending Manchester City for their Premier League debut on Saturday, with manager Hughton tipping Pep Guardiola's men as strong title contenders.

Antonio Conte has said he is "not looking for sympathy" as his Chelsea side prepare to begin the defence of their Premier League title, insisting he has a "better" side than this time past year.

Since then, Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic has been sold to Manchester United and Spain striker Diego Costa has been told he has no future at the club following his text message feud with Conte.

In search of goals, United turned to last season's second-highest scorer.

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And they're sure to want to start their Premier League campaign with a victory over Leicester.

"But what the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City can do, they can do that and good luck to them". They are better in the work, in the training sessions and I must be pleased for the commitment of my players.

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He is set to mark his debut for his new side in next Sunday's Premier League encounter against Brighton at the AMEX Stadium. One was a corner, one was a ball we lost in the build-up and the third goal was a corner again.

The Premier League legend said on BBC Sport: "Chelsea I do sense, there is something brewing there, which isn't nice".

The 35-year-old free agent, who scored 28 goals for the club last season, is battling back to fitness after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury in April, though, and Mourinho insisted there is no rush to get a deal done.

With Matic now in a United shirt, it is unlikely Fabinho would be used to screen the defence, but his knowledge at right-back would be welcomed by the self-proclaimed Special One.

Across town at Manchester United, Guardiola's old sparring partner Jose Mourinho is also looking to kick on after ending a hard debut season with a silver flourish.

Some of Burnley's relegation rivals have heavily invested on new players, with Dyche working under more restrained parameters. "He is an intelligent player who can integrate our game well as we have a game backed on mobility, technique". That being the case, here are some top-tips for this season's Premier League Fantasy Football teams.

"It's to try to put them in a better position to win the title".

Conte made no effort to disguise his disappointment in Matic's exit and conceded that his side will be worse for the £40million sale.

"They've been very successful over the past 10 to 15 years, so I think you have to have faith in that".

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