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

Guardiola wants Manchester City to play like Barcelona - Yaya Toure

Guardiola wants Manchester City to play like Barcelona - Yaya Toure

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola promises to reduce his transfer spending in future years after splashing out nearly £400m in just 13 months.

Guardiola, a former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager, has yet to win a trophy since taking charge of City at the start of last season.

Third placed City finished 15 points behind Premier League champions Chelsea, crashed out of the Champions League against Monaco and failed to reach either of the domestic cup finals.

And now Guardiola wants Busquets to join him at the Etihad and has contacted Barcelona over his availability.

There should not be any shoehorning of players into unfamiliar roles this season after Guardiola signed three top-level full-backs - Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo - at a combined cost of around £124 million.

City will be without Mendy and Ilkay Gundogan for the match at promoted side Brighton on Saturday, but Guardiola said they were close to returning from injury.

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Even more so than his old foe Jose Mourinho across town at Manchester United, if Guardiola can not at the very least orchestrate a sustained title challenge, his gilded reputation will take a sizeable hit.

The formation allows an extra man in midfield, which has proved to City's advantage in warm-up victories over Tottenham, Real Madrid and West Ham.

Following his arrival at the Etihad a year ago, the Spaniard spent £171.5m on new players but could only guide the club to third in the Premier League, 15 points behind champions Chelsea.

"Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we have this season. But it's not a party for us and we need to win".

But Albion shattered their transfer record earlier this week on PSV Eindhoven midfielder Davey Propper, and were set to pass that mark with the £13 million acquisition of Colombia winger Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge ahead of City's visit.

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