Brighton vs. Manchester City: Highlights and recap

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2017

Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva, Danilo, Benjamin Mendy and Ederson have all arrived as City splashed out over £200 million.

Manchester City's dominance eventually told as Pep Guardiola's side overcame a stubborn Brighton side 2-0.

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Brighton, who returned the top tier after a 34-year absence by finishing second in the Championship, last hosted City in a 2008 League Cup tie. OK, we cant say the bookies are always right (thank you Leicester City!) but there is a reason why City are heavy favourites to carry off the trophy next May....we reckon we've listed many of them here for you! "The market is so demanding for all the teams, not just Manchester City". When I am not playing or training, I watch football all the time'.

Having released Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Aleksandar Kolarov and Bacary Sagna as well as spending over £20om on replacements, all eyes were on the full-back/wing-back positions for City today and understandably so.

"We had one of the oldest teams in the Premier League so we made a decision to put energy in the team for the next five, six years", he said.

What they saidBrighton manager Chris Hughton: "For 70 minutes we played the game that we had to play".

- Brighton have won just one of their last six opening fixtures to a league season (D1 L4). "(The current players) are young and will stay for the future".

"In the next three or four years City will buy one, two, maybe three players". Kevin Reeves gave City an ultimately pointless win and both teams were relegated the next week.

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"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 club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed". Sooner or later it's going to finish.

Ederson Moraes insists he's unperturbed by his status as the most expensive goalkeeper in history following his move to Manchester City earlier this summer.

"We will try to improve".

Speaking after the match, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager said: "We started good again and after the game became slower, our passing on the grass was not so good".

That means much will depend on Vincent Kompany, whose days at City looked numbered last season, plus John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi, neither of whom have convinced.

This match looks like a foregone conclusion before it even starts, so neither side is likely to take this as a major indicator for the season unless a major surprise happens. As far as the attack is concerned, that was never a problem area for Guardiola.

Third placed City finished 15 points behind Premier League champions Chelsea, crashed out of the Champions League against Monaco and failed to reach either of the domestic cup finals. The 105-million-euro signing had a good first season, but fell well short of what was expected of a then world-record signing.

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