Sergio Aguero strikes as Manchester City spoil Brighton's Premier League debut

Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Hull City at the Etihad Stadium

More than half of that (£128.5m) has been spent on full-backs Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo.

"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".

"It is going to finish, it is unsustainable", Guardiola said Friday, a day before the start of the Premier League season.

"The group of players this season are going to stay here for a long time".

"We will try to do our best, not just for this season but for the future and especially the next years".

A year ago City won their first 10 games in all competitions, beginning with a victory at home to Sunderland, yet finished the campaign empty-handed. So yes, we'll look at having as many good experiences as we can, and that goes for the whole season, not just the start.

"We had them under pressure for five minutes or so, but they are hard to play against". "People say we are a big team but we run like a League One or a Conference team".

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton on Manchester City: "They've been outstanding in pre-season, and if we're looking at a team gelling and showing the quality that they have, they have definitely shown that already".

"We did it earlier, so we were lucky because now it would be so much more expensive with what has happened in the last weeks". City played the patient, technical passing football with which the Catalan made his name, and his starting lineup was adventurous; Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus started together ahead of twinned playmakers De Bruyne and Silva.

Pep Guardiola can not fault the work rate of his Manchester City side, but wants more precision in their play.

Brighton was successfully repelling City's potent strike force until a costly lapse. But the solution is not changing players every season.

More immediately, there must be concerns about the way United was outplayed in the Super Cup by Real Madrid, despite in theory being far further along in preparation for the new season.

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