Guardiola defends Man City's big spending

Guardiola defends Man City's big spending

The defender joined Pep Guardiola's side in a £45 million move from Tottenham this summer and helped the club to a season-opening 2-0 win over Brighton on Saturday.

"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". "I sat here after the Sunderland game and you said: "You are the favourites, you are the most attractive, the most handsome, and nicest guys in the League".

His fullbacks will be crucial to that game plan, with former Tottenham defender Kyle Walker providing the pace out wide so obviously missing last season. After that, Chelsea killed us. "About who is the favourites or not, it's your (the media's) job, not ours". I can not control it. But I'm used to that. Its been another off season of comings and goings as Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola attempts to deepen his imprint at the Etihad Stadium by spending around $300 million.

Walker's time at Spurs ended in hard circumstances after he was dropped for the final few games of the season, with Kieran Trippier taking his place at right-back.

Guardiola added: "We were stable, we have to try to improve, but what's important in the first game is to win".

The Manchester giants are one of the title favourites and have spent £156m this summer, while Hughton guided Brighton to promotion from the Championship last season.

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.

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The lead was doubled in the 74th minute when Brighton's Lewis Dunk headed the ball into his own net, 0-2.

"The first game of a season is always complicated", he said. Premier League debutant Ederson, the world's most expensive goalkeeper at £35 million, was under the spotlight his Chilean backup wilted under last season, though his new team's dominance meant this was not a match to fully test his mettle. From my experience, even in Barcelona, too.

"We've won a lot of games - particularly here at home, it's been a bit of a fortress for us - but if you want to play in the top division, you're up against the top teams. Big congratulations to all the people in Manchester City - we are a strong club". You don't see a player in my team who didn't run, and I'm proud of that.

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 that is the first step to creating something.

"He said he would give us "every last penny". Today in the boxes we were ideal".

With so much talent at his disposal, City's players know they have limited time to impress.