Pep Guardiola fields most expensive team in Premier League history without De Bruyne- Reigning Premier League Champions Manchester City started their title defense with a clash against Tottenham Hotspur in their first match of the new campaign. Despite losing their tournament opener, the Cityzens went on to break a unique record by fielding the most expensive team in Premier League history.
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XI | Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Ake, Mendy, Fernandinho (C), Gundogan, Grealish, Mahrez, Torres, Sterling.
SUBS | Steffen, Walker, Stones, Jesus, Zinchenko, Laporte, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 15, 2021
Manchester City’s lineup was announced an hour before kick-off that saw Pep Guardiola’s hand former Aston Villa star Jack Grealish a Premier League debut for his new team. With the latest £100 million signing featuring in City’s midfield, the teams’ starting 11 value shot up to a whopping £528.9 million. Apart from such a costly, lineup the Spanish tactician also had £300m worth of talent among his substitutes available to choose from.
Man City started off with Ederson Moraes featuring between the sticks. The Brazilian shot-stopper joined the PL champions form from Benfica for £34.9 million. Since joining them in June 2017, Ederson has gone on to be their undisputed No 1 choice.
Joao Cancelo started at right-back for City who paid £60m for the Portuguese international. Benjamin Mendy featured on the other end with the former ex-Monaco costing the PL champions around £49.3m.
Former Bournemouth star Nathan Ake started at center back. He joined Pep Guardiola’s side for 40m while his partner Ruben Dias made the switch to Etihad in September 2020 for £64.5m.
Alongside Grealish, Pep decided to field Fernandinho, who cost around £30m when he joined them in 2013 with Gundogan, how cost £20.4m completing the midfield. Raheem Sterling join Man City for £49m started on the left-wing while former Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez (£60m) featured on the right side.
Pep Guardiola completed his starting 11 with Ferran Torres upfront. The young Spaniard joined in August 2020 from Valencia with Man City paying nearly 21 million for his services. That starting line-up cost City a whooping £528.9m and yet they struggled against Tottenham.
The Premier League champions had £50m right-back Kyle Walker, £47.5m center-back John Stones as backup options on the bench with £28.6m striker Gabriel Jesus also among the substitutes.
USA international goalkeeper Zack Steffen joined City for £5m was also included in the matchday squad alongside £57m defender Aymeric Laporte. Rodri joined City for £62.5m with Kevin De Bruyne £54m alongside £43m Bernardo Silva and Oleksandr Zinchenko (£1.7m) add up to take the total upto £295.3m. The value of Man City’s squad could go considerably up if they manage to land Spurs captain Harry Kane in the ongoing summer window.