Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Guardiola under pressure to win title for big spenders Man City - Jenas

Guardiola under pressure to win title for big spenders Man City - Jenas

Vincent Kompany was pleased to see Manchester City's patience rewarded as their major players came to the fore to defeat Brighton 2-0.

After claiming second place in the Championship last season, the Seagulls welcomed City to the Amex Stadium for the curtain raiser they had all been waiting for.

Gabriel made an immediate splash upon arriving from Palmeiras in January, scoring three goals in his first two Premier League starts and pushing the Argentina global to the bench. "Manchester City are many pundits" favourites for the title this year.

"It's a very disappointed changing room, which shows it means something to them and shows they know that for 70 minutes we were very much in the game". We try to make a good build-up, try to do high pressing, monopolise the ball, move the team through the ball, attack outside and inside.

"Keep doing what we've done in the last three games and it should be exciting".

"I am old enough to remember the last (and only) time we were in the old First Division, from 1979 to 1983".

"We run a lot".

"Here every game is a battle, and from my experience - in Barcelona too - it's hard against a newly-promoted club". They were organised and you could see they had a clear game plan, but we've got quality and eventually it made the difference.

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.

"We have to learn to attack better", Guardiola said.

City manager Pep Guardiola will be under pressure from the start after strengthening his squad with five new signings in the transfer window, costing the club some US$286 million. Kyle Walker, signed from Spurs, and France global Benjamin Mendy will improve their fullback positions, a key position in Guardiola's playbook.

Hit play on the video at the top of the page to watch highlights. "Opening day of season, it's always good to get off to a good start so we're happy".

"It's very hard when you see the spending of some clubs in the summer, Manchester United of course and Chelsea who will be right up there".

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