Man City begin EPL season with 2-0 win over Brighton

Chelsea are the defending champions of the Premier League which gets underway on Friday night

Chelsea are the defending champions of the Premier League which gets underway on Friday night

After the victory, City chief coach Pep Guardiola hailed the work-rate put in by his players.

Lewis Dunk turned Fernandinho's cross through goalkeeper Mathew Ryan's grasp and into his own net soon afterwards as City prevailed after previously being frustrated.

The Frenchman has been a major disappointment since joining City in a £42 million deal in 2014, and spent last season on loan at Valencia. That make a gap and made everything more expensive.

"If we can keep (captain) Vincent Kompany fit and in the team alongside the new signings, then I think we have everything ready for a very successful 2017/18 campaign". After a day/night of voting, we'll tabulate the ratings and reveal them with the top rated player being named our site's Man of the Match. We will try to improve.

"I want to continue with what we did in the last three games of pre-season".

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.

"Talking about attacking options - we know it in training of course because we have to face [Aguero] every day".

"I am old enough to remember the last (and only) time we were in the old First Division, from 1979 to 1983. If the club decides [I am] not able, we are going to take a solution".

"Here every game is a battle, and from my experience - in Barcelona too - it's hard against a newly-promoted club. We controlled the game". We were stable as a team and conceded just one chance after a corner and after that nothing happened. If he wants us to play together we can, as we have already shown.

"The manager [Chris Hughton] is top, and they have the qualities in their players", Guardiola said.

"I would like to see Pep Guardiola stay even if City didn't win a trophy, but the reality of football is that he would most likely be sacked if we have another season like the last one". You don't see one player on my team not running. It is weird because as defensively fragile as they looked at times past year.

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