Brighton boss Hughton positive despite Manchester City defeat

Chelsea are the defending champions of the Premier League which gets underway on Friday night

Manchester City kick off their season with a trip to the south coast as they take on newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion this evening.

"It is all I demand of my players and when you see Sergio and Gabriel run backwards and Kevin and David, that is the first step to creating something".

A year ago City won their first 10 games in all competitions, beginning with a victory at home to Sunderland, yet finished the campaign empty-handed. It's going to be a very tough opening game, but we have to play them at some stage.

Guardiola's City have made some eye-catching additions this summer, particularly in the forward ranks, and the club are many pundits' favourites for the league title thanks to their strength in depth.

Pep Guardiola, a former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager, has yet to win a trophy since taking charge of City at the start of last season.

"We will try to do our best, not just for this season but for the future and especially the next years".


The Citizens then padded their lead when Brighton's Lewis Dunk scored an own-goal just five minutes later.

ORIGINAL: Manchester City are playing Brighton at the Amex Stadium today on the first weekend of the Premier League 2017/18 season. His 52nd minute miss of a chance he would typically lash in suggested early-season rustiness.

Guardiola has strengthened his defence this summer, bringing in three younger full-backs in Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo, and a new goalkeeper in Ederson - as well as signing midfielder Bernardo Silva.

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

"Like a lot of top teams here in England and around the world, always they are looking for the best possible". I saw him on the TV last season, but it will depend on how he and the other players adjust to the Premier League.

More immediately, there must be concerns about the way United was outplayed in the Super Cup by Real Madrid, despite in theory being far further along in preparation for the new season.

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