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Pep Guardiola's charges retained the ball with the intention of running down the clock as City saw out the remaining stages easily.

Avoiding the strains and struggles endured by its title rivals, Manchester City is off to a winning start.

Many pundits' pick for the Premier League title welcomed Brighton and Hove Albion to the Premier League in Saturday's late kick-off, as the raucous AmEx Arena hosted its first top flight game.

Ouch. On the opening day of the top-flight season, that was a hurtful one from Pep Guardiola. "If the club decides [I am] not able, we are going to take a solution".

When and how to employ the pair may define Guardiola's season. "We are lucky because would be more expensive now". So it is so complicated. Here every game is a battle.

"The season is going to be long, we had a five-minute spell under pressure but we put our bodies in and made important tackles".

Brighton, though, was successfully repelling City's potent strike force until a costly lapse.

Aguero's partnership with Gabriel Jesus looked threatening throughout, with Jesus having a goal disallowed for handball and Aguero wasting a clear chance before his eventual breakthrough.

The only sour note for City was a tweet from Mendy, saying: "Bullet header" in reference to Lewis Dunk's own goal.

Guardiola added: "So being favourites this season means nothing". We were stable as a team and conceded just one chance after a corner and after that nothing happened.

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Afterwards the manager was predictably delighted with all the riches at his disposal and promised that City will "improve the way we attack" this season.

"It is not easy to attack 10 players there", Guardiola said.

After finishing a disappointing 15 points behind champions Chelsea last term, City embarked on a spending spree to freshen up their squad.

Guardiola, though, is cautious.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez cemented his place in the hearts of Magpies fans by staying loyal following their Premier League relegation and then leading the club to promotion as Championship winners.

"Last season in my first press conference we were the favourites so nothing has changed".

"After you know what happened last season?" We will try to improve.

Vincent Kompany believes Manchester City has progressed, after sealing a win in the opener against Brighton.

City were certainly discomfited by Brighton's drive and endeavour. This was Albion's first match in England's top division since 1983. "Our aim is to make sure we are in the Premier League come the following season".

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