"We need something more, a little something extra" - Pep Guardiola, after the West Ham friendly.
"The match against Manchester City, our debut in the Premier League, will also be one of the club's greatest-ever occasions.I want to see my club competing against the best in the land, and to see some of the best players in the world gracing the turf of the Amex Stadium". The principle is: if we have the ball we are going to press.
How could Manchester City line up next season? There's a gulf between Albion and City.
"Fortunately for us, there isn't any player in our team or squad that doesn't know the Premier League or the Premier League players and their qualities".
Frustrated by Newcastle's failure to sign Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who instead joined Chelsea, Benitez tried to shame Ashley into action.
City were woeful on the road that season and that match set the tone for what would be a year of frustrating performances, as then-manager Mark Hughes struggled to get to grips with the job.
"Last year we were 3-1 up on Dortmund but ended up drawing 3-3".
"It's important, but it's not absolutely essential to get the season off to a winning start".
We just made it [a strike-rate of] 60-70% for chances we created and that's poor.
"Of course now the full-backs are younger, they have energy in their legs and we are going to use them".
Let's take a look at how the Premier League's new boys will fare in the new season. "That is the top (and only) priority, and the club will do all it can to achieve that". "It will not be easy but we will travel to win the game".
"City have the squad, all the players, if he can not get the team over the line serious questions will be asked".
"We are going to play different systems, but the fundamentals will be the same".
"But it is going to finish, it is unsustainable".
"I go with the same prediction as previous year because I don't think Pep will accept having another season like that, he is not used to that".
Expect Manchester City to cruise to a multi-goal win.
Guardiola also began the off-season picking up Bernardo Silva from Monaco, while Ederson, after impressing in just one season at Benfica, has replaced the hapless Claudio Bravo between the sticks. The two sides met in the 2008-09 League Cup, roughly three weeks after the takeover by Sheikh Mansour, at a time when there were two divisions between them.
However, City, who start their Premier League campaign at promoted Brighton on Saturday, always meant to give Guardiola time to reload and a pre-season spree has put him in position to get it right this time. I always cheer for him.
Manchester City has spent £200 million so far in the window and Guardiola admits it is not sustainable. "But I think Guardiola will play exactly how he did last season".