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Rich pickings for Guardiola as City start to cash in

Rich pickings for Guardiola as City start to cash in

A clinical Sergio Aguero strike and a Lewis Dunk own goal condemned Brighton to a losing return to the top flight as they went down 2-0 to Manchester City in the Premier League at the Falmer Stadium on Saturday.

"I want to say thank you to the club, for the next four, five years we have young players with huge talent", he said. They were organised and you could see they had a clear game plan, but we've got quality and eventually it made the difference.

"We have Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan is coming back, with Kevin De Bruyne, with David Silva, with Raheem Sterling, who can play in that position".

"So whatever happens at the start of the season - and of course I hope we get off to a flier - we must stay calm and remember that it's where we are in the table after 38 games that matters, not the first few".

Failing to win against the likes of Leicester, Stoke and Middlesbrough contributed to City's title charge fizzling out last term and, having once again been installed as pre-season favourites, Kompany believes new-found patience and grit make Pep Guardiola's side a greater threat. "I sat here after the Sunderland game and you said: "You are the favourites, you are the most lovely, the most handsome, and nicest guys in the League".

"We knew what their game plan was going to be - to sit back and defend", he added.

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"We run a lot".

Afterwards the manager was predictably delighted with all the riches at his disposal and promised that City will "improve the way we attack" this season.

"That is the strength of the team the fact that we just can adapt to so many ways".

Hughton was proud of the way his players stepped up to the challenge, but acknowledged Albion need to strengthen further to give them a chance of survival.

After a frustrating first half, which highlighted City's failures up front from last season, change was always going to come, and the breakthrough arrived within minutes of the introduction of Leroy Sane in the 68th minute.