Sergio Aguero was on target as Manchester City denied Brighton any hope of a shock on their Premier League debut.
Pep Guardiola’s side, for all their riches, took time to get into their groove in a 2-0 win at the Amex Stadium.
But the moment they did it was ruthless as striker Aguero converted 20 minutes from time before Lewis Dunk turned Fernandinho’s cross through goalkeeper Mathew Ryan’s grasp and into his own net.
What they saidBrighton manager Chris Hughton: “For 70 minutes we played the game that we had to play. When you’re up against the quality that they’ve got – they have designs on Champions League; ours is to stay in this division next season. But probably the first moment you allow yourselves to get really stretched as a team they capitalised. That’s the quality that they’ve got.”Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: “The first game is always complicated. We saw this weekend what happened in many games. From my experience in Barcelona too, especially against the newly promoted it’s always difficult. And we did it. We were stable. We controlled the game and the game was in our hands. To start with three points away it’s always so important.”
Tweet of the match
Ex-City midfielder @Joey7Barton applauds Silva’s assist for Aguero’s goal.
Man of the match
Aguero. Once again the Argentina striker showed his pedigree and that, for all of City’s expenditure, he remains invaluable. He has now scored five goals in six opening day matches for City.
Moment of the match
Aguero’s goal. It was all going so well for Brighton until one slack moment. Kevin De Bruyne nipped in to take the ball from Dale Stephens, found David Silva, who in turn fed Aguero to finish.
Chris Hughton was sporting a goatee beard and conservative grey suit as the fashion conscious debated Pep Guardiola’s outfit. City’s Catalan coach wore a black sweatshirt over a white polo shirt with black socks visible between his beige chinos and white trainers.
RatingsBrighton: Mathew Ryan: 5/10, Bruno: 6, Lewis Dunk: 5, Dale Stephens: 5, Tomer Hemed: 5, Pascal Gross: 5, Solly March: 7, Shane Duffy: 6, Davy Propper: 7, Markus Suttner: 5, Izzy Brown: 5. Substitutes: Jamie Murphy (for Brown, 23): 6, Glenn Murray (for Hemed, 60): 6, Anthony Knockaert (for March, 75): 6.Manchester City: Ederson: 7, Kyle Walker: 7, Danilo: 7, Vicent Kompany: 6, John Stones: 6, Nicolas Otamendi: 7, Fernandinho: 7, Kevin de Bruyne: 7, Sergio Aguero: 8, Gabriel Jesus: 7, David Silva: 7. Substitutes: Leroy Sane (for Danilo, 68): 6, Raheem Sterling (for Jesus, 77): 6, Bernardo Silva (for Aguero, 82): 6.
Who’s up next?
Leicester v Brighton (Premier League, August 19)
Manchester City v Everton (Premier League, August 21)