Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City - fans' View

Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City - fans' View

City has spent about 200 million pounds ($260 million) this offseason, mostly on full backs Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo, to follow on from about 170 million ($207 million) last summer.

With exciting Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus now fit and ready, Guardiola has a second striking threat alongside Sergio Aguero to compliment the creative talents of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane. We try to attack more fluently, and more times maybe this season, but it's a process to do that and sometimes you need a little bit more time.

Signed from Portuguese side Benfica in a €40m deal, the goalkeeper is expected to make his Premier League debut today, as Manchester City travel to face Brighton & Hove Albion.

"For us, we're up against top-class opposition that will have more possession than we do".

"It is going to finish, it is unsustainable", Guardiola said Friday, a day before the start of the Premier League season.

What happens here will be absolutely no indication of what will happen to the Seagulls this season - that will come when they play the teams that I think will be down in the bottom six.

I just think Manchester City have strengthened in all the right areas where they needed to.

Their summer signings have improved the team and I don't think Pep Guardiola has stopped spending yet.

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Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City - fans' View

While City are intimidating opposition, Brighton will go into the game with the adrenalin of promotion still pumping through their veins.

His technical limitations should be less exposed in the rampaging Premier League, and there are few better coaches in the world to address his positional troubles than Pep.

Brighton knocked City out of the League Cup on penalties in 2008 following a 2-2 draw at the Withdean Stadium. I considered throwing in Burnley but they made a fool me last season and I'm going to put faith in Sean Dyche's ability, but if they repeat their away form then they'll struggle.

The Amex Stadium will be the 56th different stadium to host a Premier League match.

But how quickly they can gel into an effective Premier League unit will be one of the biggest tests facing Hughton's side.

Tottenham were Chelsea's closest rivals last season, finishing seven points adrift of the champions, but they head into the season without having made a single addition to their senior squad.

Anthony Knockaert was directly involved in more league goals than any other Championship midfielder in 2016-17, with 15 goals and eight assists.

That Walker has been one of the best full-backs in England for the last couple of seasons was never up for debate. "Of course, for the next three, four years, Manchester City is going to buy one, two players (each window)". The Argentine has scored against 29 of the other 30 clubs he's played against, only failing to score versus Bolton Wanderers. I will do my best like I did last season.

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We were focused from the beginning of pre-season to challenge and try again to prepare ourselves to compete in a very tough league.

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