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Man City boss Guardiola happy overcoming 'enthusiastic' Brighton

14 August 2017

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: "The first game is always complicated".

Guardiola has strengthened his defence this summer, bringing in three younger full-backs in Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo, and a new goalkeeper in Ederson - as well as signing midfielder Bernardo Silva. It was always going to be hard for us to score.

So yes, we'll look at having as many good experiences as we can, and that goes for the whole season, not just the start.

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"We are so satisfied for the first game, the way we played". Chelsea's starting 11, including the newly acquired Alvaro Morata, is good enough to defend the title, but the club's lack of depth could be a hindrance if injuries arise.

Chris Hughton insists Brighton can hold their own in the Premier League by targeting "middle market" signings while the big clubs flex their financial muscle.

City have spent around £200 million to strengthen their squad in the close-season with other title contenders including Chelsea and Manchester United also spending heavily to bolster their teams.

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"In the market, we will see until the end of August". We will try to improve. We were stable as a team and conceded just one chance after a corner and after that nothing happened.

"Going forward, I don't think that there is anyone who can match us because we have so many attacking options and great players".

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Brighton was successfully repelling City's potent strike force until a costly lapse. It started with Real Madrid and [Cristiano] Ronaldo going for £80m and then [Gareth] Bale for £85m. That make a gap and made everything more expensive.

"In the next few years City will buy one, two, maybe three players". With so much talent at his disposal, City's players know they have limited time to impress.

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Man City boss Guardiola happy overcoming 'enthusiastic' Brighton