Brighton vs Manchester City


"For 70 minutes we kept them to minimal good chances".

The match marked quite a journey for Albion, 20 years after facing extinction and following a 34-year absence from the top flight. He is quick, powerful and comfortable on the ball, with the latter quality sure to endear him to Guardiola given the his insistence on a possession-based game where playing out from the back is key.

According to the British media reports, City have spent over 200 million pounds ($259.62 million) on full-backs Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo, goalkeeper Ederson and midfielder Bernardo Silva.

New kids on the block: Pascal Gross - Ingolstadt, Josh Kerr - Celtic, Mathew Ryan - Valencia, Markus Suttner - Ingolstadt, Mathias Normann - FK Bodo/Glimt, Izzy Brown - Chelsea (loan).

City are generally on offer at 6/4 across bookies as their favourites to win the Premier League this season, with the next best alternative, United nearly 2 points higher in the market. That was actually their only loss of the summer, which does show they are in good form.

Guardiola wouldn't have imagined that after bringing Claudio Bravo to the Etihad last season, he would already be looking for a replacement in less than a year due to the Chilean shot stopper's abysmal performances last term. "Big congratulations to all the people in Manchester City - we are a strong club".

"Of course, it had an influence on me [the presence of Pep Guardiola here]".

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"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". The Spanish specialist in this summer TO, committed a "purge" in the team, getting rid of the veterans, whose place came: Danilo, Walker, Moraes, as well as former players of Monaco - Silva and Mendi.

Man City provided Brighton with a rude awakening to life in the top-flight but there are plenty of signs they can beat the drop in their debut season.

Interestingly, Brighton beat City in a penalty shoot-out in that match, with Glenn Murray having scored a last-minute equalizer in time for the Seagulls.

Manchester City kicks off their Premier League campaign on Saturday when they go up against Brighton. Even then, City seem to have really improved this area with younger and better signings.

"But it's never a big problem".

Last season can only be described as a resurgence period, a season of transition.

Newly-promoted teams are known to throw in surprise results on opening days but Guardiola's side look fearsome and lethal, thus drowning out Brighton's hopes of a fiery start.