Manchester City beat new boys Brighton in opener

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The match marks a massive moment for Brighton as they appear in the Premier League for the first time in their history.

There was little sign here of Pep Guardiola rethinking his approach to English football over the summer.

As expected, the visitors utterly dominated possession, but they did not totally dominate Brighton until the goals came.

Sergio Aguero scored the first, with 20 minutes left, with City gradually grinding down the resistance of a Brighton team that could not quite avoid the errors that are so costly against teams as good as this.

"They had chances, both of them, but of course we need goals", said Guardiola.

The Brazilian also had a point-blank header saved by Ryan before City's late burst. And City's failure to capitalise on their dominance of the ball might have been costly.

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Shane Duffy saw an effort flash wide from a March corner then, after Propper miscued, Markus Suttner saw a half volley go inches wide of Ederson's left-hand post.

"So if they manage to sort that then definitely they will be a contender". "People say we are a big team but we run like a League One or a Conference team". As kickoff approached, the stands rang out with chants of "Albion, Albion" and "Seagulls, Seagulls" that drowned out a pre-match interview with former goalkeeper Michel Kuipers. That is when I am proud. "But we've got quality in the team and eventually it made the difference".

Having signed a new five-year contract at Chelsea, the England Under-21 global striker has headed out on loan to Swansea to gain Premier League experience.

Dale Stephens' mistake allowed Walker to start the attack that led to Aguero scoring, while Fernandinho provided the cross that Dunk put into his own net.

And with Clyne set to miss the start of the season through injury, boyhood Liverpool fan Alexander-Arnold has an opportunity to underline his development to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

Spurs are confident Kieran Trippier can replace Walker at right back, but while they have been strongly linked with Everton midfielder Ross Barkley they have yet to bring in any new faces.

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