Newstoday: The Premier League title credentials of Pep Guardiola’s new-look Manchester City face an early-season examination on Monday, reports AFP.
The Citizens will host Ronald Koeman’s ambitious Everton at theEtihad Stadium and the former Barcelona manager knows it will not be an easy game.
With around £150 million ($193.1 million, 164.1 million euros) of new players on show, City made an assured start to the campaign by winning 2-0 at promoted Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend.
But Everton are also stronger, taking their spending past £130 million this week with a club-record £45 million move for Gylfi Sigurdsson, and they trounced City 4-0 when the teams last met in January.
“They are a top squad and they have important players,” said Guardiola, the City manager.
“They lost an important player, (Romelu) Lukaku, but they have a good group of players — midfield players and strikers. They are one of the best teams in the Premier League, I am pretty sure of that.
“I expect they will play the same way and attack our defence.
“Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney are used to playing in that way. They have a strong defence. They have great players and are dangerous on the counter-attack.”