Guardiola praises City after passing 'difficult' test at Albion

Paul Merson Arsenal Leicester

It is absolutely huge for Brighton. Intelligent players don't need time to be involved in the way we want to play. "It is where we should be".

Guardiola also gave debuts to Kyle Walker and Danilo and Walker's pace gave the home side early jitters as he advanced down the right before cutting back a unsafe cross that Brighton cleared with difficulty.

Sergio Aguero's finish and Lewis Dunk's own goal secured the three points for Pep Guardiola's men against the Premier League newcomers. Life is tough at the top. As we known Jesus is one of Pep's favourites but Aguero showed his goal scoring prowess at the end of last season and is always fighting for a spot in the team given his heroics in previous seasons.

Immediately after Brighton secured promotion to the top-flight for the first time in 34 years, their chairman Tony Bloom warned he would not break the bank in a bid to avoid relegation.

"The club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed after last season and we will try to do our best". "It is different now with social media and everything else".

It helps when you have the luxury of resources to bring a trio of attacking players worth a combined $175 million off the bench, with Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, and Bernardo Silva helping to wear down Brighton.

"When you're up against the quality that they've got - they have designs on Champions League; ours is to stay in this division next season. I am satisfied, especially with the second half".

Despite the defeat, the day was one to cherish as manager Hughton pointed to afterwards.

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Hughton praised the home supporters and said: "I think the players gave them a lot". "This club has a history and a very hard history in recent years".

The club had planned to move for Southampton and England left-back Ryan Bertrand before Dani Alves, who was expected to join on a free transfer to compete with Kyle Walker at right-back, chose PSG.

While some fear the spending is unsustainable and will put clubs' long-term stability at risk, the 25th year of the Premier League era should deliver a title race more fiercely contested than ever.

Pubs around the city center were packed by lunchtime on Saturday with banners stating their Premier League arrival prevalent.

The Citizens travel south to take on Brighton today, kick-off is scheduled for 17:30 (GMT). And indeed, the league favorites came out and seemed to be playing like they were up against a little brother.

When Bruno Saltor led the Seagulls out on Saturday with "Sussex by the Sea" blaring out over the loudspeakers, it will have made every Brighton fan pinch themselves.

The formation allows an extra man in midfield, which has proved to City's advantage in warm-up victories over Tottenham, Real Madrid and West Ham.

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