Brighton boss Hughton positive despite Manchester City defeat

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester City at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on August 12, 2017. But it didn't quite work out like that: there was no Cottonopolis Clásico, there was no Rumble by the Irwell.

"The group of players we will see this season is going to stay a long time here at Manchester City".

The sight of Claudio Bravo on the City bench was a reminder of last season's goalkeeping calamities. We put our bodies in, we made some important tackles and eventually we got the goal because we were patient. City conceded 23 fewer shots than Chelsea but let in six more goals; resolving that issue may be trickier.

There have been five major new signings in Ederson, Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva and Danilo, and further additions have not been ruled out.

Yet, a team featuring Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus up front and a sprinkle of attacking midfielders like Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, new signing Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling promises lots of goals this season.

What's particularly interesting here, though, is the style of fullback for which he's gone. So yes, we'll look at having as many good experiences as we can, and that goes for the whole season, not just the start. I saw him on the TV last season, but it will depend on how he and the other players adjust to the Premier League.

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

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

But there are rumblings of tension at United. They also spent £34.7million on goalkeeper Emerson.

"Last season we were third and people said it was a disaster".

Pep Guardiola's side have spent big during the summer transfer window with a number of new faces expected to make their league debut. And both must be feeling a little pressure.

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