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Solly March

Sergio Aguero was among the goals for Manchester City, as Pep Guardiola's charges began the Premier League season with a 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.

Arsenal were unconvincing in beating Leicester on Friday night, Liverpool drew at Watford and holders Chelsea were beaten at home by Burnley.

The only sour note for City was a tweet from Mendy, saying: "Bullet header" in reference to Lewis Dunk's own goal. "And after, you know what happened last season? But we try to win the game".

"Next season, for the next three or four years", the 46-year-old stated. "Manchester City will sign one, two, maybe three players but we are not going to do what happened this season." . "About who is the favourites or not, it's your (the media's) job, not ours".

"I want to say thank you to the club", Guardiola said. I can not control it. Such a simple thing appeared beyond Bravo last season, and though Ederson's lack of commitment to Suttner's cross in the 55th minute and the chaos that followed suggested he was not totally comfortable, a clean sheet is a good start. But I am used to that.

"I was manager at Barcelona and Bayern Munich". The big teams have to handle all situations.

He added: "We spoke about that".

Sport runs the rule over the Premier League's new boys. I lived that last season. From my experience, even in Barcelona, too.

"But we had chances in the first minutes and after the game was quieter, it's not easy to attack 10 guys in the box". "We have huge players with lots of talent". It was always going to be hard for us to score.

"We were stable. We controlled the game and the game was in our hands".

City had to show patience at the Amex Stadium, taking time to get into their groove.

Aguero's partnership with Gabriel Jesus looked threatening throughout, with Jesus having a goal disallowed for handball and Aguero wasting a clear chance before his eventual breakthrough.

And soon afterwards Dunk turned Fernandinho's cross through goalkeeper Mathew Ryan's grasp and into his own net.

"The manager [Chris Hughton] is top, and they have the qualities in their players", Guardiola said.

"There's only one way a team like ourselves can play against them, and that's to keep it tight and frustrate them".

"They have strong central defenders and they are so well organised, but there are many teams like this".

The match marked quite a journey for Albion, 20 years after facing extinction and following a 34-year absence from the top flight.

Meanwhile, Eliaquim Mangala being sat alongside Bravo conjured memories of another of City's many forgotten men.

"Now it's about making sure we dust ourselves down".