Manchester City took 70 minutes to break through Brighton's resistance before one of English soccer's most expensive lineups beat the Premier League newcomers 2-0 on Saturday.
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. "Opening day of season, it's always good to get off to a good start so we're happy". "I sat here after the Sunderland game and you said: "You are the favourites, you are the most attractive, the most handsome, and nicest guys in the League". After that, Chelsea killed us.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says his squad will not need huge changes in the future accepting this summer spending will not be sustainable.
"Last season we were third and people said it was a disaster". "We were stable but we have to try to improve. If not, then next season".
Brighton, making their Premier League bow and roared on by their biggest-ever crowd at the Amex, struggled to make any impact going forward after being bullied for large parts of the game.
"So although it will be hard to get a point or three against Manchester City, it's not impossible". They have the passion, the fans, they have no pressure.
Back in England's top division for the first time in 34 years, the Seagulls spent most of the game on the back foot, content to concede possession and setting up a compact defensive unit deep in their own half. They were organised and you could see they had a clear game plan, but we've got quality and eventually it made the difference.
"But the season is going to be long and today was an improvement on a lot of things we did last season".
"Yaya, for example didn't play because of Fernandinho but [Ilkay] Gundogan is coming back soon, with Kevin, with Silva, with Bernardo; Rash can play in that position, Phil Foden played outstanding in the pre-season". And that is the first step to creating something.
"Last season we ran a lot but in the boxes we were not good. Today in the boxes we were flawless".