Man City battle past spirited Brighton

Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus in action during a shooting drill his his team

Asked how he will pick his team up following the defeat, he added: "It's reasonably easy after a game like today It doesn't need a scientist to determine that we'll lose more games this season than in the last couple of years".

In midfield the dominance of Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva was overwhelming and it was only in the closing stages that Guardiola gave a debut to Bernardo Silva, another man who could probably have run the game if needed.

"We are so satisfied for the first game, the way we played".

Guardiola said an overhaul of City's playing staff was necessary after taking over one of the oldest squads in Europe.

Pundit predicts Manchester City will make light work of Brighton this weekend. "But that spurs us even more, everybody writing us off already, so I hope we can prove them wrong". We have controlled the counter-attacks and we didn't concede one chance.

Merson says he believes they will not have a happy return, arguing that Pep Guardiola's Manchester City will teach them a harsh lesson.

And City started the campaign with a comprehensive 2-0 win over newly promoted Brighton, with only Mendy not featuring of the new boys - Sergio Aguero and a Lewis Dunk own goal sealing all three points.


Albion went in level at half time and as the second period started showed a little more attacking prowess.

Neymar would like to play in the Premier League one day, according to his Brazil team-mate, Gabriel Jesus.

"The first game of a season is always complicated", he said.

"Big congratulations to all the people in Manchester City - we are a strong club". Today in the boxes we were ideal.

It worked but Albion have to be far more fluid and adventurous next week at Leicester or else Gordon Smith's record as Albion's last top flight goal scorer will drag on and on.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton was pleased with his side's efforts to contain City and said: "For 70 minutes I thought we were good".

"Anyone new who comes in now, like we have seen with Alvaro Morata at Chelsea, with Conte saying he is not quite there yet about where he expects to be as a player [in terms of fitness]".

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