Pep Guardiola: "We are a strong club"

Pep Guardiola:

Pep Guardiola: "We are a strong club"

A Lewis Dunk own goal only five minutes later put the game beyond Brighton and gave Guardiola's men a fine start to the new Premier League season. "I am satisfied, especially with the second half".

The experienced full back dealt with Danilo very well and looked composed in possession. It was a win that would spell the end of the managerial career of John Bond at City, so disillusioned had he become with the lack of funds to buy new players.

Usually a top club tends to have more than two attackers in their squad but when those two attackers are Sergio Aguero and young starlet Gabriel Jesus, it should be more than enough. He almost gifted a goal to City early in the second half but he avoided embarrassment after a miscued effort from Aguero.

Stephens had a hard time dealing with Silva and De Bruyne but did his best to keep them at bay for nearly 70 minutes.

A high scoring game is likely to ensue as these two teams play each other. Mendy will miss making his debut due to a thigh problem, while Ilkay Gundogan is yet to recover from an injury he sustained earlier.

Similar to Gross, Hemed struggled to have any impact due to City's dominance. And comments made by Fernandinho suggest that another left-back could be on the way in.

"He's a goalscorer and that's why I worked hard to get him here".

Markus Suttner 6 - Was overrun at times but never stopped working and helped to stop the quality of City's balls into the box.

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The City boss didn't specify if they would be incomings or outgoings, but is known to want another attacker and a centre-back to further strengthen his squad.

The Belgian did not look comfortable or even match fit as he was bypassed on the few occasions that Brighton attacked. The Citizens will be looking to carry the momentum forward in the Premier League as well.

The lone striker role would be up for grabs between Kun Aguero and Jesus with the latter being able to play on the wing as well keeping the possibility of both being fit into this system.

City might have argued with that on 26 minutes, though, when Jesus had an opening goal disallowed for hand ball, and appeared to be somewhat unfairly booked by referee Michael Oliver for his troubles.

"We attacked too slowly we have to be a little bit quicker and a little bit more precise with more accuracy in our passes".

The Brazilian's movement is phenomenal.

Manchester City have won each of their last six opening day contests in the Premier League, the best current run in the competition.

As always Sane looked unsafe, but he would have preferred to have played from the start. The Seagulls - in the top flight of English football for the first time in their history - up against a Citizens side that has been heavily invested in over the course of the summer. After nearly 25 minutes in the second half, though, it was actually a Brighton turnover that made way for Man City to pull ahead.

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