'Manchester City should come good, but Brighton, Burnley and Huddersfield could struggle'

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 13, 2017

Pep Guardiola thanked the Manchester City hierarchy for their close-season transfer dealings after watching his new-look side kick off the Premier League campaign with victory at Brighton and Hove Albion.

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Guardiola also prioritised restructuring his defence, but his emphasis was on fullbacks where he said he needed four signings in that department.

The 21-year-old winger is also a full Germany global and was part of his country's squad at EURO 2016, although he missed the FIFA Confederations Cup through injury, and Sane says his rapid development makes him feel like he is in a film.

"We bought three and the market is so demanding right now, for all the teams around the world, not just for Manchester City". So it is so complicated. We were quicker and attacked inside and outside and before the two goals we had chances.

Brighton, though, was successfully repelling City's potent strike force until a costly lapse.

Kevin De Bruyne starts in this position.

A Sergio Aguero strike and Lewis Dunk own goal saw Man City overcome Premier League new boys Brighton in the late kickoff at the Falmer Stadium. 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 are here to win games, we won but it is just the first one", he added. We are going to improve the way we attack.

Third placed City finished 15 points behind Premier League champions Chelsea, crashed out of the Champions League against Monaco and failed to reach either of the domestic cup finals.

Guardiola, though, is cautious. After Conte took the premier league by storm last season with his 3 at the back, a lot of English clubs have slowly switched to this system.

"Schalke is a great club and I had my professional debut there".

"When you go to Germany, Spain or Italy to buy, it is £10-£15m more expensive".

The mistakes of last season must be learned from - that preseason tactical shift and move for Ederson suggests they have at least been recognised - if City are to mount a sustained challenge, but Guardiola now knows that he is in a six- or even seven-way fight for the title, rather than the two-horse race he had in Spain or the annual procession he enjoyed with Bayern. City went on to live another day, facing Luton Town in a last-day battle for survival. It was a loss to City in May 1983 that sent Brighton tumbling out of the old first division.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton was pleased with his side's efforts to contain City and said: "For 70 minutes I thought we were good".

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