Man City boss Guardiola willing to give Mangala fresh chance


Manchester City are most people's favourites for the Premier League title, but their first season under Pep Guardiola was a curious affair.

Similar to Gross, Hemed struggled to have any impact due to City's dominance.

While Pep Guardiola's comments seem to suggest their spending is finished, it may not be the case.

"He's a goalscorer and that's why I worked hard to get him here".

That came at a time when City were continuing to enjoy around 80 per cent of the possession, and yours truly was nearly certainly not the only one wondering how they will fare against Europe's elite if it takes them this long to break down little Brighton.

And they really would have had only themselves to blame if Shane Duffy had given Brighton' the most unlikely of leads soon afterwards. He fumbled a cross once but that was about it. But for the main part, he was solid in possession. Three at the back cleared the cupboards of central defenders, and the Frenchman is current first reserve in the absence of any further summer additions.

John Stones 7 - Big season for the England global; started with a relatively solid performance and wasn't afraid to clear it long when he needed to. His performances this season will certainly be worth watching as he begins his first season in the top flight and will be determined to maintain his promising form.

Bruno insisted there will not be a party atmosphere at the Amex stadium against City
Bruno insisted there will not be a party atmosphere at the Amex stadium against City

Looking back 12 months, the 10 straight wins that City recorded from the big kick-off in 2016-17 eventually turned out to represent a false dawn. He had little to do defensively.

The lone striker role would be up for grabs between Kun Aguero and Jesus with the latter being able to play on the wing as well keeping the possibility of both being fit into this system.

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Vincent Kompany 7 - No nonsense defending and was rarely troubled by Brighton's long balls out of defence. City run very deep, and with attacking titles on the domestic and European front, he will need that depth - but so will his adversaries, and they will not have as much cover to utilise. He missed a great chance early in the second half but comfortably buried his second chance to make it 1-0. A monumental investment from senior figures will only increase the expectation that the team wins the Premier League and challenges heavily in the Champions League.

As always Sane looked unsafe, but he would have preferred to have played from the start.

City are the favourites and Guardiola will face some "pointed questions" if his side fail to establish themselves as "English football's dominant force", says Dickinson of the Times.

Brighton kicked off the game at the Amex Stadium, although as expected it was City who started the game the livelier team.

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