Despite the dominate play from Manchester City, the club failed to breakdown Brighton until Sergio Aguero's 70th minute goal.
"He's learning all the time, and I don't think anybody can dispute what a brilliant manager he is", said Hughton of Guardiola.
After claiming second place in the Championship last season, the Seagulls welcomed City to the Amex Stadium for the curtain raiser they had all been waiting for. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen. "That's the quality that they've got".
Brighton may have conceded large swathes of possession to Pep Guardiola's men, but Albion clung on for over an hour before City finally broke the deadlock.
A year ago City won their first 10 games in all competitions, beginning with a victory at home to Sunderland, yet finished the campaign empty-handed.
"Like every club that's promoted to the Premier League, it's to finish 17th or higher". And we did it. "To start with three points away it's always so important".
Aguero. Once again the Argentina striker showed his pedigree and that, for all of City's expenditure, he remains invaluable. We tried to make it a young squad and we did it earlier and we are lucky because it would be more expensive now in the last weeks. City played the patient, technical passing football with which the Catalan made his name, and his starting lineup was adventurous; Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus started together ahead of twinned playmakers De Bruyne and Silva. City's Catalan coach wore a black sweatshirt over a white polo shirt with black socks visible between his beige chinos and white trainers. Danilo had to hurriedly clear danger when Ederson flapped at a Markus Suttner cross, before Shane Duffy and then Dunk and Davy Propper had successive efforts. Substitutes: Jamie Murphy (for Brown, 23): 6, Glenn Murray (for Hemed, 60): 6, Anthony Knockaert (for March, 75): 6. Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Yaya Toure are among the substitutes.