Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho pinpoints Wayne Rooney as main Everton threat


Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho pinpoints Wayne Rooney as main Everton threat

However, despite being linked with the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Alexis Sanchez, City's £200million summer spend has brought in only one attack-minded player, Bernardo Silva.

He insisted: "It's the same expectation as last season and the same expectation apart from the first months in Barcelona, when nobody trusted in us". "I have to be much more alert and focused when I play", he told Sky Sports.

"Hopefully they will understand that at the big clubs you can not have 11 players, so they have to compete with each other", Guardiola told British media.

"I don't like to play Monday, the last game, when everybody is done and you play". It was a key point and I changed our dynamic a little bit in front.

'In that kind of level in the Premier League the people who are 12, 13, 14 and play in the game, they are so, so important. In our game at home, it was one of the best performances we played last season but we were not able to win when we missed not only two penalties and many, many things. City won eight games out of nine with Jesus starting in 2016/17 compared to 25 out of 47 without him.

"Of course, we hope we can learn about that because that's how we learn when we win and the same when we lose".

That suggests he still wants another quality addition up top while a rather unexpected - but understandable - pursuit of West Brom centre-half Jonny Evans hints he is not entirely happy either in terms of depth at the back despite some significant summer strengthening.

"I talk to (director of football) Txiki (Begiristain), all the players at the club, everyone has their own opinions".

But with West Brom having already rejected a bid of £18 million ($23.2 million, 19.8 million euros), Guardiola says signing Evans is not make-or-break. What is the best for the club? "We are going to see how the market finishes at the end of the window". It was the same last season.

He said: 'It would be nice.

"We try to do the best squad as possible for the long season".

"Everything would be quicker, less speculation, and we can start from the first day of the Premier League with the squad you are working with". The managers and the clubs will work quicker and not wait for the deadline, the last moment, the last second.

Manchester City will be looking to continue their 100% start to the Premier League season when they take on Everton next week.

His skills will in all likelihood be seriously tested for the first time in an Everton jersey but is a tremendous shot-stopper as he proved nearly every week last season while having his goal constantly peppered with hapless Sunderland.