City’s average age has been reduced by three years, from 28 to 25, after signing young players while letting older players leave.
Guardiola has revealed that it was an intentional strategy to inject the squad with some youth, thereby ensuring stability at the Etihad Stadium for years to come.
“We have a lot of players with a lot of quality – even with [Phil] Foden, [Patrick] Roberts, [Aleks] Zinchenko – that’s why I’m so grateful what the club has done,” said Guardiola, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
“With all respect to the players last season, we were one of the oldest teams in the Premier League. We didn’t buy full-backs for five, six years.
“We decided last season we could change the team to make the team younger for the next four or five years – Danilo is 26, Mendy is 23, Bernardo is 22, Ederson is 23 – so we bought players who are young to be stable for the next years.
“The players that have experience like Vinny [Kompany], Nico [Otamendi], Sergio [Aguero], Kevin [De Bruyne] are going to help us to introduce these new guys and try to fight every game like we fought in these last three games. That is our target.”