Manchester City overcome Premier League newcomers Brighton & Hove Albion with two late goals at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.
The title favourites had a frustrating start to the game but went on to overcome the Seagulls in the opening weekend of the campaign, unlike Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea who were defeated in their matches by Leicester City, Watford and Burnley.
City had dominated proceedings but after a goalless first half it was Sergio Aguero who opened the scoring just 20 minutes from time after a clinical finish, netting his 170th goal for the club. It soon became 2-0 after Lewis Dunk towered above Gabriel Jesus, only to head into his own net.
It was a frustrating night for Gabriel Jesus who twice found the Brighton net only for the strikes to be ruled out, once for handball and once for offside.
Pep Guardiola has spent heavily this summer upgrading his team who played patient, technical passing football true to the Catalan’s style for which he has made his name.
The game was huge for Brighton who had faced extinction twenty years ago and who had been absent from the top flight for 34-years, but they mastered their nerves to show impressive organisation and resolve to keep City at bay until the final 20 minutes.
“The first game is always complicated, in my experience, even with Barcelona – especially against a promoted side when they have the passion and are under no pressure at all,” said the former Barca and Bayern Munich boss.
“We saw what happened to Liverpool and Chelsea and we spoke about it. It was unexpected but this is the Premier League – I learned this last season.
“Here every game is a battle, but we controlled the game and it was always in our hands.”
City will now head to Spain to play Girona in friendly on Tuesday night before their next PL game against Everton on August 21st.