Pep Guardiola: winning matches, not titles, is my motivation

Andre Ayew has headed on loan to Fenerbahce

Andre Ayew has headed on loan to Fenerbahce

The move was created to ease disruption in the first few weeks of the campaign after a number of high-profile players including Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho and Virgil van Dijk missed matches at the start of last season due to transfer speculation. The goalkeeper Alex Smithies has come in from QPR, the defender Greg Cunningham has joined from Preston and the on-loan midfield pair Víctor Camarasa and Harry Arter were signed on deadline day although the latter is ineligible to play against his parent club.

That was the ideal preparation for Sunday's Premier League opener at Arsenal and Kompany added: "Number one, we realise this is precious and we want to hold on to it".

The Brazil global was, until Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga last week, the world's most expensive goalkeeper following his £65m move from Roma.

Alderweireld was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United but firm interest never materialised.

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United have endured a hard pre-season period full of fitness and transfer frustrations, but won their opening game in each of the last three EPL seasons.

"It is hard for me to understand, to feel, to believe we finish second - which I keep saying, and it is sometimes hard to believe".

"I am not anxious, I am not sad, I am so happy".

I think maybe another signing or two, ' Rooney told Sky Sports.

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"Before saying anything or doing anything, you want to observe and see if you see the same mistakes which we've done previously", Kompany said.

Pochettino does accept how the lack of activity might be viewed externally, but is happy with the club's vision.

"We believe we can do better, dominate more and we will try to do it".

Spurs are the only side in Europe's top five leagues not to make a single signing this summer, and the only professional side in England not to bolster their squad ahead of the new season.

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"There's no reason to not trust in our squad and no reason not to believe in our club or believe in what we can do. He still had the power to go forward and score an important goal for us".

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