Manchester City slickers are the Premier League hot favourites for Metro's team


Manchester City slickers are the Premier League hot favourites for Metro's team

It's the Premier League.

Former Manchester City and Everton defender Sylvain Distin believes Pep Guardiola's transfer business could be a gamble as a number of new recruits have arrived without Premier League experience. It is absolutely huge for Brighton. Another possibility could also be Jesus being played in the no.9 role at times in this system with Aguero being forced out of the starting 11. "It is where we should be". He is quick, powerful and comfortable on the ball, with the latter quality sure to endear him to Guardiola given the his insistence on a possession-based game where playing out from the back is key.

Sergio Aguero was on target as Manchester City denied Brighton any hope of a shock on their Premier League debut. Life is tough at the top.

Last season, Manchester City had a vast assortment of attacking talent which any team in the world would have been jealous of.

On a sun-soaked day down by the English Channel, most of the 30,000 fans in the stadium thought back to the last time Brighton were promoted to the top-flight of English soccer in 1979 where they remained for just four years.

Guardiola will be expected to replicate what happened last season during his first 10 games, only that this time he is expected to end the season with some silverware. "It is different now with social media and everything else".

Manager Guardiola's focus on bringing in quality wide players on either flank has been crucial to City's strategy of stretching opponents in pre-season.

Arguably, no manager is under greater pressure this season than the Spaniard, who after one trophyless campaign knows he must deliver something special.

"I am so happy because they work well, and especially no injuries", Guardiola added. "This club has a history and a very hard history in recent years".

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 global clearance.

Two of the most impressive deals have come in the final week of preseason, with club record signings of midfielder Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven and Colombian winger Jose Izquierdo from Belgium's Club Brugge.

Pubs around the city center were packed by lunchtime on Saturday with banners stating their Premier League arrival prevalent. So big congratulations to all people working with City, we are a strong club.

Jesus also saw two goals disallowed as wave after wave of City attacks broke up on Brighton's back line, until Dale Stephens' error opened up space for a merciless counter-attack and City's opening goal and Dunk's unfortunate intervention settled the match as a contest.

The match marked quite a journey for Albion, 20 years after facing extinction and following a 34-year absence from the top flight.