Townsend backing promoted Brighton to survive then thrive in Premier League

Townsend backing promoted Brighton to survive then thrive in Premier League

Brighton have been made one of the favourites with bookies for an immediate return to the Championship and Hughton admits that is something which he'll use to motivate his team: "What you have to do is use every opportunity you can to motivate the players".

'I know how much football means in England. This does not influence me at all. "I'm calm and I'm ready to help my team". "For others it may influence, but I am chilled about it".

Rio Ferdinand - Ferdinand formed one of the best defensive partnerships that the league has ever seen with Nemanja Vidic, but his longevity gives him the edge over the Serbian. I was very happy when I found out he wanted to count on me.

"Looking back, maybe that game made City watch me more often and made them want to buy me". Twice the British transfer record was broken to sign him (£18m by Leeds in 2000 and £30m by Man United in 2002), and his style of play was so far removed from the traditional English approach (i.e. obsessed with physicality and "hoofing it") that it blazed a trail for a new generation of ball-playing centre-backs in the country.

Bernardo Silva has joined from Monaco to add more creativity to Guardiola's already talented attack but the signings of Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy, Danilo and goalkeeper Ederson Moraes indicates that the Spanish boss also cares about the back-line.

Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach Guardiola claimed it was necessary to reinvigorate City's ageing squad but he will only seek to add one or two new faces in forthcoming seasons.

Though Tottenham finished in second place on the Premier League standings last season, some feel that they do not have the depth to go all the way this season as they are the only club in the top flight that have yet to make a new signing.

The Seagulls have won their opening league fixture just once in the last five seasons (D1, L3).

"The teams that arrive, in the first four, five, six games they are so complicated".

Guardiola had difficulty against other sides in the top six, winning only two of 10 matches and scoring just 11 times in those games, a record that has to be improved.

With Pascal Gross and Markus Suttner signed from Bundesliga side Ingolstadt, Brighton have quickly followed the Premier League trend, creating a multinational squad with a strong European influence.

Brighton have broken their club transfer record twice in one week to draft in Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven and Club Brugge's Jose Izquierdo, subject to medical and worldwide clearance. He was the undisputed leader of the Blues all throughout the most successful period of their history, with five Premier League medals to his name across almost two decades.

"I have a feeling that we will score early and get a good win against Brighton on Saturday".

"We probably have to concentrate on the levels that we can affect".

"You've got to be able to overcome those hard experiences that are going to come in this league".