I know exactly what we did to achieve that, and that is where we start from. A lot will depend on his performance against Aubameyang if the defending champions are to kickstart their campaign with a win on Sunday. I have already given my reasons for believing Cech will still be Number One for a while and I can see Sokratis, Lichtsteiner and Torreira all being thrown in at the deep end, while he will allow Ozil, Aubameyang and Lacazette to look for the quick breakaway. "I'm happy for them", Mourinho told Sky Sports. "There was a gap last season but this season I don't know". Why not try it again?
Manchester City sent a remarkable 16 players to the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer, seven of whom made it to the semi-finals or beyond, meaning the USA tour, usually a chance to build fitness and tactical awareness among the first team players, saw us operate with a largely young and inexperienced side.
Let us discuss three key duels that could go a long way in deciding the outcome of this game.
While the rest of the league attempted to reload in order to give the Citizens a run for their money, Manchester City splashed plenty of cash of its own, signing winger Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City for a club-record $76.6 million.
The decision to send Calum Chambers on loan to Fulham for the rest of the season surprised many Arsenal supporters following the England man's impressive pre-season form, and it is crucial that the Gunners do not suffer injuries at the back if they are to avoid being caught short.
'It is not comfortable but if you want to compete in four competitions we cannot compete with just two good central defenders.
"Maybe my advice is alright for me but it might not work for him". It's excellent. They are excellent human beings.
However, this could be a good time to play them.
Liverpool hope Alisson will solve a problem area for them in goal.
The Brazil worldwide was, until Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga last week, the world's most expensive goalkeeper following his £65m move from Roma.