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Three changes Pep Guardiola must make to his Manchester City squad

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Despite claiming all three points on Saturday, Pep Guardiola will have hoped for a more convincing start to his first Premier League season as Manchester City manager.

The Citizens took an early lead against Sunderland through Sergio Aguero's penalty but conceded a sloppy equaliser in the 71st minute, courtesy of Jermain Defoe.

A late Paddy McNair own goal would eventually spare City's blushes but Guardiola will be aware that his side must improve.


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Having spent £146 million on new signings this summer - Claudio Bravo is also on his way for £17 million from Barcelona - further additions are perhaps not needed.

Instead, it's changes within City's squad that must be made to bolster their chances of Premier League glory.

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Guardiola is reportedly keen to sell Toure - but he must do so sooner rather than later.

The Ivorian was excluded from City's squad to face both Sunderland and Steaua Bucuresti and as long as he remains at the Etihad, his presence will hinder team spirit if there's a noticeable rift between player and manager.

Whilst Toure has been a loyal servant in Manchester, at 33-years-old he is on the wane and will soon be regarded as deadwood.


His attitude and poor work ethic will do him no favours either considering how strong-minded Guardiola is and how the Spaniard's philisophy revolves around players constantly being on the move.

Selling him before the transfer window closes should be made a priority.


Sane is one of European football's most exciting prospects and after signing for £37 million from Schalke, Guardiola would be a fool to not start him regularly.

Fast, skilful and creative, the 20-year-old has all the attributes to thrive alongside the likes of Aguero, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne.

The issue remains of who Sane would replace out of Nolito and Raheem Sterling but, considering the former's lack of pace and the latter's inconsistency, the Germany international should be a shoo-in to start on either flank.


If Guardiola's recent words on Sane are anything to go by, though, the youngster will be feature in his starting XI soon enough.

He said: "He is a special talent and an exciting player that I think our supporters will enjoy watching.

"He has great technical ability, is comfortable on the ball and there is much to admire about the way he plays football. He is fast, enjoys creating chances for others, works hard for the team and scores goals, too."


Having undergone knee surgery earlier this summer, Gundogan will be aching to make his bow as a Manchester City player upon his return.

And he should be given the chance to do just that alongside Fernandinho.

While the German will need time to regain match fitness, he and the Brazilian could form a formidable partnership in central midfield.


Gundogan's creativity and energy would complement Fernandinho's more combative approach, though both midfielders are perfectly capable of adding something in attack and defence when needed.

Should Toure depart as expected, City need a deep-lying playmaker to fill the void and Gundogan represents just that.

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