City avoids early strain of title rivals by beating Brighton

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring his second goal against Borussia Monchengladbach during the Champions League Group C match between Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach at the Etihad Stadium

For almost two centuries Brighton has been known as a popular seaside town for vacations.

Manchester United are now gearing up for their crunch Uefa Super Cup clash against Real Madrid on Tuesday night, before turning their attentions towards their Premier League opener against West Ham United next weekend.

City head to the coast as many people's favourites to lift the Premier League trophy come May 2018, and the pressure is expected to be on from the word go as Guardiola looks to eradicate the disappointment of his first season at the Etihad Stadium. It is absolutely huge for Brighton.

That came at a time when City were continuing to enjoy around 80 per cent of the possession, and yours truly was nearly certainly not the only one wondering how they will fare against Europe's elite if it takes them this long to break down little Brighton. "It is where we should be".

Brighton held their own in their first game in England's top-flight since 1983.

Minutes later the unfortunate 'Dunk marred an otherwise more than satisfactory Premier League bow with a desperately unlucky own goal to end a contest which should have been over long. Life is tough at the top.

The Seagulls boss felt his side limited Manchester City's chances in the first 70 minutes.

For Brighton, it was a disappointing top-tier return after 34 years, ironically against the same opponents who they faced in their final game before relegation in 1983. "It is different now with social media and everything else". It was a quality 2-0 victory that was never really in doubt - even if it took them a while to find their way past the keeper.

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The attack-minded Manchester City did struggle defensively when they played away from home last season.

The dominant possession play continued into the second half, the way that Pep Guardiola loves it. Guardiola is one of the best managers in the world. "This club has a very hard history in recent years", Hughton added.

Brighton, meanwhile, started £10m Dutch midfielder Davy Propper - their club record signing until the deal to capture Colombian Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge is completed.

Pubs around the city center were packed by lunchtime on Saturday with banners stating their Premier League arrival prevalent.

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.

Since the late 1980s, Brighton and Manchester City met only once in September 2008 in the League Cup.

Brighton made rare forays into City's half and had one good chance as the interval approached.

"Fortunately for us, there isn't any player in our team or squad that doesn't know the Premier League or the Premier League players and their qualities".

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