Brighton & Hove Albion broken down by dominant Manchester City

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 13, 2017

Manchester City may give debuts to Kyle Walker, Danilo and Ederson but Benjamin Mendy is out with a thigh problem.

The team news is for Brighton v Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola putting a number of his big name summer transfer signings in the starting line-up.

City claimed 12 away wins last season, their highest total in a Premier League campaign. You don't see a player in my team who didn't run, and I'm proud of that.

The skipper told BT Sport : "We had to be patient first half, they were defending really well".

"So yes we'll look at as many good experiences as we can do, and that's for the whole of the season, not just the start".

"But when you bring players from a different league you never know how they are going to adapt, if they are going to adapt and how long it's going to take".

The former Tottenham man was named man-of-the match for a persistent display on the right flank and was happy to begin his City career on a winning note.

"It was always going to be hard for us to score", said Brighton manager Chris Hughton.

"We did it earlier, so we were lucky because now it would be so much more expensive with what has happened in the last weeks". David Silva then slotted the ball through for Sergio Aguero to apply the finish past goalkeeper Maty Ryan with 20 minutes to go.

More immediately, there must be concerns about the way United was outplayed in the Super Cup by Real Madrid, despite in theory being far further along in preparation for the new season.

It has been another strong showing of City's financial muscle but Guardiola insists the club have only paid market rates and such major rebuilding work is a one-off. "We were stable but we have to try to improve".

With the victory, City are now provisionally in second place in the EPL standings with three points, while Brighton are in the 19th spot with none.

They have won their opening league match in each of the past six seasons, with Sergio Aguero scoring a total of five goals in those games.

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