Shaken by a rebuking first season in England, Pep Guardiola has backpedaled to the planning phase trying to form Manchester City into Premier League champions.
Desires were high as can be when Guardiola landed in Manchester following quite a while of being pursued by City, yet a title challenge neglected to appear and his side did not make a stamp in any of the container rivalries.
They come back to the shred this end of the week having spent around £200 million ($261 million, 221.3 million euros) on players and Guardiola trusts an energizing new group is coming to fruition.
"With all regard to the players, last season we were one of the most seasoned groups in the Premier League. We didn't purchase full-backs for five, six years," said Guardiola.
"We chose last season we could change the group to make the group more youthful for the following four or five years.
"Danilo is 26, (Benjamin) Mendy is 23, Bernardo (Silva) is 22, Ederson is 23, so we purchased players who will be steady for the following years."
There were some encouraging signs last season – an opening salvo of 10 straight wins, a shocking Champions League triumph over Barcelona – yet City never found any steady shape.
Guardiola appeared to be not ready for the discourteous physicality of English football and was ridiculed for saying he was "not a mentor for the handles" after an uneven 4-2 vanquish at Leicester City.
City's football was, every so often, amazing and they were just outscored by champions Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, however finding a viable cautious arrangement gave Guardiola a steady migraine.
John Stones looked flimsy after his enormous cash move from Everton and Guardiola's disappointment with his full-back choices saw midfielders Fernandinho and Jesus Navas sent in the wide cautious positions.
There ought not be any shoehorning of players into new parts this season after Guardiola marked three best level full-backs – Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo – at a joined cost of around £124 million.
Guardiola would like to have put his goalkeeping issues to bed also, having responded to Claudio Bravo's travails by acquiring Brazil goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica in a £35 million arrangement.
Bernardo Silva, in the mean time, touched base from Monaco, additionally reinforcing a stellar assaulting office that likewise contains Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.
"Manchester City have the best group on paper," ex-England midfielder Owen Hargreaves told the Premier League official site.
"It took a touch of a modification for Pep Guardiola, however City are my top choices."
Move down goalkeeper Willy Caballero, full-backs Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy and wingers Jesus Navas and Nolito have all left, while the undesirable Joe Hart has gone out on credit again to West Ham United.
Guardiola has tried out a three-man barrier in pre-season, with Stones arranging close by Nicolas Otamendi and chief Vincent Kompany, whose capacity to stay fit will by and by be under investigation.
Playing three at the back may empower Guardiola to relate Aguero and Jesus in assault, after he by and large utilized a solitary striker framework last season following Jesus' landing in January.
Significantly more so than his old adversary Jose Mourinho crosswise over town at Manchester United, if Guardiola can't at any rate arrange a managed title challenge, his overlaid notoriety will take a sizeable hit.
Last season was the first run through in his administrative vocation that he completed a battle without having added no less than one trophy to his gathering.
Another season without silverware will raise genuine questions concerning whether he truly is the man to convey City to the summit of European football surprisingly.