Brighton started the game with plenty of passion and momentum as they hosted their first Premier League match. In Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy, City will have the most potent tandem of wing backs in the Premier League, whilst Danilo will be no poor cover for Walker should he go down on the right. The world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper in the purchase of Ederson shows strengthening in goal following an unreliable year from Claudio Bravo. Alongside that they have also added Romelu Lukaku in attack and Victor Lindelof.
That came at a time when City were continuing to enjoy around 80 per cent of the possession, and yours truly was nearly certainly not the only one wondering how they will fare against Europe's elite if it takes them this long to break down little Brighton.
Gabriel Jesus looked like a hot prospect after showcasing his natural goal scoring attributes when he officially joined Manchester City in January. And City's failure to capitalise on their dominance of the ball might have been costly.
"We have to make sure that come the end of the window, we have a squad that can do well enough in this division". His renowned reputation won't help him if the squad continues to flop and fails to realise its potential.
After claiming second place in the Championship last season, the Seagulls welcomed City to the Amex Stadium for the curtain raiser they had all been waiting for. Spanish magician Silva has chosen to begin the season with the same close-cropped hairstyle as his manager. However, his shock resignation at the end of the season sees former Ajax manager Frank de Boer take the reigns as manager. The club will be aware of the fact that City are extremely strong in the back line with the new additions.
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More defensive recruits would help the team be more resistant to conceding goals, which was a major pitfall throughout previous year.
Brighton boss Chris Hughton said: "For 70 minutes we played the game that we had to play".
City controlled the latter stages of the game, but were unable to score a 3rd goal, as Citysettled for a 2-0 win on their first game of the season.
"I was very happy with the new players". Getting to the middle of the season with little improvement will plant the seed of doubt about his position. As such, they were left drawn at 0-0 going into halftime and looking for more quality on the road coming into the second 45 minutes. Utilising Turf Moor effectively this campaign will hold the key to avoiding relegation once again for the Clarets. The 20-year-old is now recovered from his metatarsal injury and City followers are wondering whether Guardiola can find room for both Jesus and Aguero in his starting line-up.