Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Manchester City

The Ivorian believes his team are gradually adapting to the Spaniard's system

Defenders Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Danilo all arrived at the Etihad along with keeper Ederson and midfielder Bernardo Silva.

"It is a smaller challenge than when we've on the brink in the past but it is still a huge challenge" Perret said. "It was very much a club day but that's then, now it's about making sure we dust ourselves down and get some results that we will need".

"We know better, and I know better, and they know me better, and that's why it's easier".

Sergio Aguero was on target as Manchester City denied Brighton any hope of a shock win on their Premier League debut.

"It's completely the same, because it's the same manager".

"We did that last season too, but in the boxes we were not good".

Brighton boss Chris Hughton: "For 70 minutes I thought we were good, there's only one way we can play against a team like City".

Guardiola was criticised at times last season for his total commitment to attacking football. "The difference is the quality of the players", Guardiola explained.

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"So I think there were a lot of positives for us to build on".

"We bought three and the market is so demanding right now, for all the teams around the world, not just for Manchester City".

Where the Manchester clubs have spent upwards of 200 million pounds on their teams, Chelsea - who have a small squad as it is - have brought in just Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata, both talented players but unaccustomed to the rigours of the Premier League. Ryan was called into action again in the 35th minute, when Aguero's delightful chip into the box for Jesus to head was saved as the first half ended goalless.

But those deals pale in comparison to City's spending and Hughton said: "Whatever City's starting team is against our starting team, there's no doubt there is going to be an incredibly massive difference". I assure you that.

"Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we have this season".

March believes that the high transfer fees are a reflection of the quality in the league but says Brighton are not intimidated by bigger teams or anxious by the general consensus that they will be relegated after just one season.

"We were not able with those players to find a solution".

And after Phil's eye-catching performance against Man United in pre-season, Pep couldn't hide his awe at the teenager's ability, saying: "It's a long time since I saw something like this".