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MEDIA WATCH: Your Saturday round-up!

MEDIA WATCH: Your Saturday round-up!

It’s that time again – it’s your Saturday media round-up!

In this morning’s media watch we hear from the opposition ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield match, a word from Tosin Adarabioyo on his loan move to West Brom and predictions for the new Premier League campaign.

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First up we start with Tosin.

The club announced yesterday that the 20-year-old would spend a season on loan with Championship-side West Brom, with the chance of gaining some valuable experience and game time before returning to City next summer.

Adarabioyo has made eight senior appearances for the Blues and has been connected with the Club since he was five.

Speaking about his move to the Hawthorns, Tosin explained who it would be strange to make the switch after being at City for so long.

"It feels very strange considering the amount of time I've been at Manchester City," he told West Brom’s official website.

"I think it's the time in my career where I need to play as many games as I can.

"The challenge of the Championship of playing two games a week so it's about adapting to that."

Adarabioyo also paid tribute to the Baggies’ Head Coach, Darren Moore, for the role the boss played in bringing him to the club.

Tosin added: "Darren Moore was a big part of my decision.

"He's a great guy. I can’t wait to start working under him.

"In terms of his personality, how he comes across and his history of being a centre-half, I think I can learn a lot from him."

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With the start of the 2018/19 just around the corner with a trip to the Emirates, a number of news outlets are already making their predictions for the season.

As we look to retain our title, The National believes that even more records are on the horizon for Pep and his side and thinks that City will top the table yet again.

“The Premier League is the most competitive of Europe’s top leagues. Or so the theory went before City won it by 19 points last season,” Richard Jolly scribes.

“Repeating such unparalleled dominance will not be easy – not least when City’s huge World Cup contingent may not be ready for the start of the season – but City look well equipped to keep their crown.

“After overhauling the squad in the previous two years, it is now about evolution more than revolution, with City making a solitary signing.

“Riyad Mahrez increases the forward options for a club who scored 106 goals last season but who are likely to face plenty of packed defences.

“How do City get better? After getting 100 points, perhaps they do not need to. Yet there are areas where a perfectionist like Guardiola may eye potential progress.

“Having Benjamin Mendy fully fit will give him a specialist left-back this season while more can be expected of Aymeric Laporte, in his first full campaign.

“Perhaps John Stones, excellent in the first half of last season, can build on his terrific World Cup, and reduce the reliance on Vincent Kompany while the ages of Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane indicate that they can get better again.”

Finally, we end with a word from Sunday’s opposition, as Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri hailed Pep as the best coach in the world.

READ: Gabriel Jesus Man City contract extension

READ: Manchester City FA Community Shield Complete story

During his pre-Community Shield press conference, the new Chelsea manager said: “We went together to visit Arrigo Sacchi, so Guardiola is a friend.

“I think he is the best coach in the world, or one of the best for sure.

“The match is very difficult for one reason: they have worked together for two years and we started two-and-a-half weeks ago, so for us it will be a very difficult match.”

That’s all from today’s media watch, but we will be back ahead of the match tomorrow with all the latest City news from the back pages!

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