Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Manchester City

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

Vincent Kompany remains a class act in the centre, whilst you have to imagine John Stones will have a much better season than his first at the Etihad.

They will start off against, perhaps, one of the toughest opponents in the league, and it will be interesting to see how they hold their own as Guardiola's men pay a visit. If the chairman or CEO come and say it's not possible then we work with the academy players, players we've had in the past.

"We have spent, of course, but all the teams have spent", he continued. Mendy is still injured and won't be starting this game otherwise he would be the first choice left back.

'For us, we're up against top-class opposition that will have more possession than what we do.

The Spaniard has responded by spending more than £200m on new signings, players which Merson believes leave Guardiola with no excuse but to deliver.

"We know from working in preseason on the training pitch what our game plan is going to be in most games".

Moving on, the ever-readable Simon Curtis - writing on ESPN - has turned the clock back to the early 1980s as he recalls a clash that might otherwise have been long forgotten...

City have spent more than £200million on a squad revamp following last season's underwhelming campaign.

"We had chances in the first minutes".

"People talk about Arsenal in the Europa League, maybe suggesting they won't bother trying in it, but Arsene Wenger still has to fly out somewhere on the Wednesday, won't get back until the Friday". The penultimate game of the season was at the Goldstone Ground, Brighton's ramshackle stadium until 1997.

It's a big day for Brighton after they were promoted from the Championship last season, impressive throughout and finishing in second after being pipped to the title by Newcastle United.

Brighton counter-attacks regularly broke up against City's three-man defence, but the half-time whistle was greeted with loud cheers regardless after 45 minutes of stiff resistance. "In tumultuous circumstances, Luton pulled off the great escape with an infamous 84th minute victor from Radomir Antic, thus relegating City alongside Brighton".

"Last season we were [favourites] too and we finished 15 points behind".

Manchester City have made quite a splash in the transfer window this summer, and will be keen to make a solid title challenge in this campaign.

"It is not easy to attack 10 players there", Guardiola said.

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