Manchester City jet off to Brighton ahead of Premier League opener

Chris Hughton's Brighton have come a long way

Chris Hughton's Brighton have come a long way

City were many bookmakers' favourites for the title last season but finished 15 points behind champions Chelsea and Guardiola said he gives little attention to such labels and claimed he felt under no more pressure despite a trophyless debut campaign.

The City line-up for their 1-0 win was all-British but the eleven who will take the field on Saturday will be drawn from around the world - with even more worldwide talent having been recruited during the close-season.

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The Soccer Saturday pundits provide us with their predictions for who will win the Premier League, make the top for, go down and win the Golden Boot. "Then we have got to adapt to their style of play", says Brighton midfielder Steve Sidwell. For the first time in 20 years, Arsene Wenger's side will be missing from the Champions League as a effect of its fifth-place Premier League finish.

"City are probably not going to know as much about us as we do about them".

Guardiola also stated that he expected a tough game against Brighton.

The Amex Stadium will be a great addition to any Premier League away day
The Amex Stadium will be a great addition to any Premier League away day

The Premier League is full of foreign stars after another summer of big-money transfers.

"There's a huge gulf between the Championship and the top Premier League teams and having watched City in pre-season, they look like they are in the mood for a good start. So, I didn't think twice when I got the proposal from City".

"Guardiola has given the distinct impression that he is not wildly impressed with English football culture, nearly an air of disdain at times, and behind the scenes City have seen him be intense, irritable and demanding", says Matt Dickinson of The Times.

Guardiola said the current spike in football transfer spending, which culminated in Neymar's recent world record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for €222 million (£200 million, US$260 million), had been building for some time.

"I have a lot of respect for the players I had, I never complained for one bad game or bad defeat, making excuses, never, even in Germany I never said that, never in my life I make an excuse about what happened", he added. Guardiola is one of the best managers in the world. Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season. I saw him on the TV last season, but it will depend on how he and the other players adjust to the Premier League. The combative warrior of that first wave of Man United success under Alex Ferguson, the former Ireland captain could drag his side up by the scruff of the neck and lead them to win matches that they thought were long gone.

He added: "But we prefer to be aggressive without the ball, it's the same as last season".

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