Rich pickings for Pep Guardiola as Manchester City start to cash in

Rich pickings for Pep Guardiola as Manchester City start to cash in

After claiming second place in the Championship last season, the Seagulls welcomed City to the Amex Stadium for the curtain raiser they had all been waiting for.

Asked how he will pick his team up following the defeat, he added: "It's reasonably easy after a game like today It doesn't need a scientist to determine that we'll lose more games this season than in the last couple of years".

Man City qualified for the Champions League this season but Guardiola failed to pick up any silverware in his first season in the Premier League. The Sky Blues have heavily strengthened in the transfer market too and are fancied to win the Premier League title, let alone Saturday's meeting with Brighton.

But the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss expects even better from City once his new players get used to the tempo of the Premier League.

The last time Brighton played a home top-flight game, back in 1983, Manchester City were also the visitors.

Gray made only nine Premier League starts last season, sparking talk of a move to Tottenham Hotspur as he pined for regular first-team action. "We are playing in a division now where we are going to be severely tested and we are going to have to vary our game at times".

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The focus may have been on Manchester last season, but the title went to the capital and the run-in was a battle between two London clubs.

Afterwards the manager was predictably delighted with all the riches at his disposal and promised that City will "improve the way we attack" this season.

"We were stable, we concede just one shot after one corner and after that nothing happened".

Brighton, who had 22% possession, spent most of the game defending in their own half but had chances with the score at 0-0.

Sergio Aguero scored the first, with 20 minutes left, with City gradually grinding down the resistance of a Brighton team that could not quite avoid the errors that are so costly against teams as good as this. "We are looking forward to next week", March told reporters.

"Big congratulations to all the people in Manchester City - we are a strong club".

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