Man City spoils Brighton's EPL debut by winning 2-0

Paul Merson Arsenal Leicester

GETTY Paul Merson is tipping Arsenal to see off Leicester tonight- but only just

March, 23, came through the youth system at Brighton, and was named in Chris Hughton's starting XI for the clash against Pep Guardiola's Man City at the Falmer Stadium.

Lewis Dunk turned Fernandinho's cross through goalkeeper Mathew Ryan's grasp and into his own net soon afterwards as City prevailed after previously being frustrated. I was confident last season too. We put our bodies in we made some important tackles and eventually we got the goal because we were patient.

With the victory, City are now provisionally in second place in the EPL standings with three points, while Brighton are in the 19th spot with none.

"If we can keep (captain) Vincent Kompany fit and in the team alongside the new signings, then I think we have everything ready for a very successful 2017/18 campaign".

"He has got to work with them for the last four or five weeks, getting them into the type of shape that he wants to play good football. But we try to win the game".

"We make good things last season with the player we had", he said.

But if you're wondering why the Manchester clubs have been dominating headlines in England, it's because the rest of the big teams have been doing little online.

"Like every club that's promoted to the Premier League, it's to finish 17th or higher".

Guardiola says he is pleased to have avoided a fraught transfer scramble close to deadline day by being decisive in the market - but refused to rule out the possibility of more arrivals before the window slams shut at the end of August. "We have to win the games that we can do". We needed to do that because it was one of the oldest teams in Europe not just the Premier League and we need to change it.

"We have to learn to attack better", Guardiola said.

Guardiola's side have been installed as title favourites but the former Barcelona boss is not taking anything for granted and anticipates a tough start. You don't see a player in my team who didn't run, and I'm proud of that. It will be hard for them to stay up, especially the first time around.

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