Manchester City want better performances, not more points - Pep Guardiola

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The 24-year-old England worldwide, who helped City win the Premier League title last term after joining from Everton in 2016, is nominally a centre-back.

No great surprise that he gives a predictable top three, Man City to retain their title, followed by big spending Liverpool, then Tottenham. "In the Premier League there are a huge amount of games and everybody will be involved".

Premier League clubs are scrambling to bring in their final signings of the summer before the transfer window shuts at 5pm this afternoon.

Over at Sky Sports, pundits Charlie Nicholas, Phil Thompson, Matt Le Tissier and Paul Merson all tip City to finish top and Liverpool second.

Both clubs have England internationals who went on an extended dalliance in Russian Federation and have only recently returned from their holidays.

West Ham United with Chilean Manuel Pellegrini and Everton with Portugal's Marco Silva have new managers and have spent significant money on new faces as they look to make sure last season's struggles become top-half progress.

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United's record goalscorer said: "I think it will be hard after the season they had previous year".

Speaking to Sky Sports, Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore says there has been a "mixed response" to the earlier deadline.

Over 10 of his first-team squad members participated in the 2018 World Cup and thus not all of those players are match fit after recently coming back from their mandatory holiday. He said: "It wasn't a unanimous decision to do it, so there's bound to be some dissent still around".

Pep Guardiola's side romped to the Premier League title in record-breaking fashion, essentially having the title in the bag by Christmas time such was their complete and utter superiority to all other teams in the division.

"I'd like multiple trophies needed in various locations on the last day because we don't know how it will end".

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