Kompany certain Manchester City better than last season

Kompany certain Manchester City better than last season

A textbook Sergio Aguero goal and a wonderful own goal from the Seagulls' Lewis Dunk gave the Citizens the win, but it was the wonderful Kyle Walker who caught the eye in a one-sided affair.

"We know against these teams that chances are going to minimal". It was a loss to City in May 1983 that sent Brighton tumbling out of the old first division.

"Last season we were favourites too", said Guardiola.

"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".

"Last season I rotated the team a lot and this season it's going to happen again".

For Manchester City, the Premier League begins tomorrow, with their opening match against Brighton looming.

Guardiola believes the players at his disposal will help City achieve his desired playing style and bounce back from a trophyless return last time around but warned the array of worldwide stars that patience will be required.

His fullbacks will be crucial to that game plan, with former Tottenham defender Kyle Walker providing the pace out wide so obviously missing last season.

On the change between life under Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino, he added: "It's different". So big congratulations to all people working with City, we are a strong Club. I think the players for those 70 minutes did as much they could.

"To start with three points away is always so important".

"We are so satisfied for the first game, the way we played".

"The club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed", he said. When you also have the players he has, that makes it a massive challenge for us.

"To attack 10 guys in the box you need players who move well in little space".

The most expensive of those, Marko Arnautovic, arrives on a five-year contract from Stoke City for £19 million after scoring an underwhelming 22 goals in 125 games.

At Liverpool, Salah is also embarking on his second spell in England and has impressed with four goals in pre-season friendlies.