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Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City

12 Août 2017

City is most pundits' favorites to win the league title, after finishing 15 points behind champion Chelsea last season.

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. "Then we have got to adapt to their style of play", says Brighton midfielder Steve Sidwell. 'Hopefully next season I'll be here and we're not going to spend how we spent again, I can assure you of that.

"My family and I were fortunate enough to travel across seven states, driving over 2,000 miles, following Manchester City on tour (in America) this summer and we had the most fantastic time". Only one of the last eight teams debuting in the Premier League has lost their opening home match (Bournemouth in 2015).

Manager Chris Hughton has assured that his players will show no fear as they take on Manchester City today.

The Withdean Stadium is an athletics venue but between 1999 and 2011 it played host to Brighton's home games. "But that spurs us even more, everybody writing us off already, so I hope we can prove them wrong".

'It's going to finish.

The financial boom that the Premier League facilitated (not least thanks to lucrative sponsorship deals and broadcasting contracts) have allowed English clubs to both sign and create some of the best talents in the world over the past quarter of a century.

"My experience of being a manager, always the beginning of the season the new ones are the toughest ones".

"When you go to Germany, Spain, Italy to buy - it happens with United, Chelsea, all the big teams - it's £10-£15m more expensive".

"I looked at them towards the end of last season and the forward players they've got is scary".

"I would like to pay less for the club, for everybody, but the market is the market", said the City manager.

"We have spent, yes, but all the teams " with the exception of Tottenham " have spent", Guardiola said.

The main problem of the new football season is the absurdity of big-time football: the impossible sums of money, the reckless spending of it, salaries that make your nose bleed from sheer envy, the preposterous self-regard of so numerous players, the self-serving nonsense of the managers. "If we get on top, we have got to make it count and get the fans right behind us", he added.

As a result the 46-year-old boss is under pressure to win something this season and Distin believes if the club can fix its defensive problems they are contenders for the title. They could put out a second eleven that would be a more than respectable Premier League team on its own merit, once Guardiola chooses the hard task of selecting his best line up.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City