Guardiola admits double injury blow ahead of Brighton clash

“The match against Manchester City, our debut in the Premier League, will also be one of the club´s greatest-ever occasions.I want to see my club competing against the best in the land, and to see some of the best players in the world gracing the turf of the Amex Stadium”. I think we´re in for plenty of goals and a decent City win.

“They should have enough to ruin Brighton’s party but they need more defensive strengthening to win the league”. That said, here are three reasons Man City should be considered title favorites.

It’s a big day for Brighton after they were promoted from the Championship last season, impressive throughout and finishing in second after being pipped to the title by Newcastle United. Ederson made 27 appearances in the Portuguese League and only conceded 12 goals. “Kyle is so energetic, Mendy is such an energetic player, and Danilo too”.

“But they are for wonderful players, so good luck to them if they can do that. But if he decides to come, I’ll do my best to make sure it’s to City!”

“I don’t [think] there’s extra pressure on me”, he said.

His display in the first leg was one the the best any opposition player has delivered at the Etihad in recent seasons, with his ability to retain possession and create chances for his teammates carving City open on a number of occasions.

Guardiola can’t count on Benjamin Mendy who has troubles with thigh, while Ilkay Gundogan is still not 100% ready. These tactics have brought Guardiola great success over the years, but in preseason this summer Guardiola has employed a three in the back tactic. I know it’s a big responsibility considering I have become one of the most expensive goalkeepers. We played 3-4-3 with a diamond, it’s such a demanding system, so attacking, but so demanding defensively, and we did it quite well, yet for me it doesn’t matter as it’s pre-season. Hughton has been in the Premier League with Newcastle and Norwich and has a reputation – particularly at the Canaries – for playing safety-first football and making sides hard to beat.

From goalkeeper to forwards Manchester City have the best squad in England, as some of their backups could start for a top six side in England.

“I scored a goal in that game against Venezuela and it was the first time that I celebrated with a gesture for my mother”.

As for City, it’s been a mad summer in the market as they’ve shelled out nearly £160 million on three full-backs: Danilo, Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker. No other Premier League team has such depth, and few European giants have as much talented depth as City.