Across town at Manchester United, Guardiola's old sparring partner Jose Mourinho is also looking to kick on after ending a hard debut season with a silver flourish.
"I saw last season how tough the league is - it doesn't matter who the top teams are".
This is a player who is given far less credit than he deserves in terms of his work-rate, assists, energy, trackback-ability and unsafe pin-point crossing to mention but a few.
"I'm very honoured. We speak a lot and I know now that, if I ever have any doubts or questions, I can ask".
Champions: Manchester City. Pep let me down last season but he has had a year to find his feet and made some serious (and seriously expensive) upgrades to his squad this summer. He is for sure expected to be involved this season.
"So yes we'll look at as many good experiences as we can do, and that's for the whole of the season, not just the start".
As David Wagner and his players danced joyously in front of 35,000 ecstatic Huddersfield fans at Wembley last season, the Terriers manager was already starting to dream of scaling even greater heights.
His side's preparations this summer have seen Brighton break their transfer record twice so far, and they are set to do so a third time via the capture of Colombia winger Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge.
Their focus should be shifted to the central area. We are strong defensively and I predict 1-1.
"They also told me about the city".
Last season can only be described as a resurgence period, a season of transition.
"Last season at my first press conference we were favourites, so nothing has changed", he added.
Mourinho won the league in his second seasons at Porto, Real Madrid and Inter Milan, as well as in both of his stints at Chelsea, but he expects this season's title race to be an almighty scrap.
"City are probably not going to know as much about us as we do about them".
"It's important, but it's not absolutely essential to get the season off to a winning start".
While Manchester City are intimidating opposition, Brighton will go into the game with the adrenalin of promotion still pumping through their veins. I think it will be a draw. This as a result of their goalkeeping reinforcement and their more electric sidelines as it appears.
One of the most appealing factors of a 3-5-2 is the potential for strikers Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero to partner one another in a fluid twin strikeforce.
In the last few days, Brighton have opened up their chequebook in a way the club has never seen before.