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Training Video Man City train their sights on Brighton Monday

SHOOT Aguero hits one at goal

Pep Guardiola played down Manchester City's favourites' tag after his side defeated Brighton as their Premier League rivals faltered elsewhere.

Arsenal raised the curtain on the season by only just overcoming Leicester 4-3 on Friday night before Liverpool conceded a stoppage-time goal to draw at Watford 3-3 on Saturday lunchtime. It's the Premier League.

A second goal came for Manchester City to put the game beyond doubt on their first game of the season.

"Last season we were third and people said it was a disaster".

"They had chances, both of them, but of course we need goals", said Guardiola.

Don't miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live. Such a simple thing appeared beyond Bravo last season, and though Ederson's lack of commitment to Suttner's cross in the 55th minute and the chaos that followed suggested he was not totally comfortable, a clean sheet is a good start. And we did it.

City were controlling the match as the likes of David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne saw lots of the ball. while Brighton were looking to catch their visitors on counter-attacks.

For all the time they had on the ball, it took until the half-hour mark for City to create a genuine chance. The Brazilian, legally this time, soon after forced Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan into an excellent, point-blank save after Aguero's drifting cross, before Jesus jabbed the rebound wide.

Brighton have been made one of the favourites with bookies for an immediate return to the Championship and Hughton admits that is something which he'll use to motivate his team: "What you have to do is use every opportunity you can to motivate the players".

Brighton boss Chris Hughton said: "For 70 minutes we played the game that we had to play".

We had to be patient first half, they were defending really well.

Hughton, who will assess Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown's hamstring injury on Sunday, bemoaned his side relinquishing possession too easily, but felt there were "more positives than negatives".

"There is still 20 days left and there will be more transfers", he confirmed. "This club has a very hard history in recent years", Hughton added.

"Fortunately for us, there isn't any player in our team or squad that doesn't know the Premier League or the Premier League players and their qualities".

Meanwhile, Eliaquim Mangala being sat alongside Bravo conjured memories of another of City's many forgotten men. "My responsibility is to make sure we're a Premier League team next season".

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