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Kevin De Bruyne in action during the Premier League game between Manchester City and Burnley

Manchester City finished a hefty 15 points behind Chelsea in last season's Premier League title race and Pep Guardiola is doing his damn best to try and build a dynasty to narrow that gap, or even better, surpass it.

When City started the season with six wins in a row, averaging three goals a game, it seemed like no one could catch them.

While the arrival of Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mandy and Danilo for the full-back role and Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson shows manager Pep Guardiola recognised the need to shore up his back-line, the Spaniard's attacking philosophy is unlikely to change.

On the other hand, Mourinho will be entering the period that has never failed him - the second season. With the players now presumably more comfortable with his system, expect a title challenge.

Busquets against Manchester City's David Silva in the Champions League.

The buzz may have gone but the biggest question before the coming season remains whether two of the highest-profile managers in the world can deliver on all the hype surrounding them. This improvement could make a telling difference in the title race.

The danger for Chelsea is that the harmonious atmosphere re-established by Conte after Mourinho's bitter departure is eroded.

With Diego Costa widely reported to be leaving the club, the main striker is Alvaro Morata, brought from Real Madrid, and while he is an undoubted talent, he is untested in English football. Two of the best in the world, many will argue.

However, Busquets is a Catalonia-born graduate of Barca's youth academy, a veteran of nearly a decade in the senior side-during which time he has won six La Liga titles and three UEFA Champions Leagues, among many others-and arguably one of the best midfielders on the world. If John Stones can develop more this season under Guardiola, and Kompany can avoid long term injuries, then City may have a more consistent defense for the upcoming season compared to last season.

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And the £43million purchase of Bernardo Silva could be one of the bargain buys of a summer that has seen transfer fees explode.

Yet, there is set to be a knock-on effect, particularly at Liverpool.

Guardiola has always been a huge fan of the Barcelona midfielder. "Barcelona have a priceless player", Guardiola told the club's official website via Goal.

Arsenal also embarks on a new campaign uncertain whether it will hold onto a key member of its squad.

Leicester City are hoping for a first away Premier League win at Arsenal since 1983. Alexander Lacazette will add a whole new dimension up front while the retention of Mesut Ozil and, for the moment at least, Alexis Sanchez will no doubt be treated by Wenger as new signings after their worst finish in the past 21 years. Wenger is also looking to trim players surplus to requirements - an issue he discussed with fellow managers at a meeting this week.

- the record for most promotions to, and most relegations from, the Premier League.

Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho says the club will start their Premier League season with a positive feeling.

Brighton and Huddersfield were promoted alongside a Newcastle side making an instant return to the Premier League.



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