After frustrating start, City finally break through against newcomers Brighton

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An early goal for City could really fray the nerves, but if Brighton score first then it could get very interesting.

Manchester City will travel to Brighton at 16:30GMT.

Sergio Aguero scored the first, with 20 minutes left, with City gradually grinding down the resistance of a Brighton team that could not quite avoid the errors that are so costly against teams as good as this. Brighton survived exile, homelessness and being just a goal away from leaving the Football... I think we have addressed the defensive issues that we had last season and the players Guardiola has brought in are strong and fast.

The focus may have been on Manchester last season, but the title went to the capital and the run-in was a battle between two London clubs. He pushed away a shot from Aguero and then from Kevin De Bruyne as the Seagulls worked hard to soak up the relentless City pressure.

Manchester City were held by newly promoted Brighton for most of the match until two late goals proved the difference.

13 - Swansea City - They nearly looked like a relegated side last season but managed to pull off the relegation places and might continue their fantastic run in the new season.

"We have to learn to attack better if teams play in that way, the big teams have to handle those situations".

Guardiola added: "We were stable, we have to try to improve, but what's important in the first game is to win".

City are among the sides that have spent the most this summer, shelling out over €200m on five new players, but Guardiola made it clear such lavish activity was a one-off.

"We ran like a League One or a Conference side - you don't see any players on my team who don't run and that is what I am most proud of", Guardiola told his club's official website.

Man City signed Walker from Jenas' former club for around £50m earlier in the transfer window and he believes that Tottenham got a good fee, but is anxious to see Guardiola working with England's best right-back.

For all the time they had on the ball, it took until the half-hour mark for City to create a genuine chance.

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