Vincent Kompany: Man City rewarded for their patience at Brighton


A second goal came for Manchester City to put the game beyond doubt on their first game of the season. "I sat here after the Sunderland game and you said: "You are the favourites, you are the most lovely, the most handsome, and nicest guys in the League".

Don't miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live. After that, Chelsea killed us. "We were favourites, so nothing has changed". What I can not control doesn't matter. But I'm used to that.

Guardiola, accustomed to being a favourite following spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, said: "Last season it was too". "Hopefully, next season I'll be here, and now we're not going to spend how we have spent this season I assure you that". We will try to improve.

"We have to learn to attack better".

Former Chelsea winger Salah, who joined Liverpool from AS Roma during the close season, won a penalty converted by Roberto Firmino in the 54th minute and then bundled in the Brazilian's lofted pass from close range.

With the best part of 20 minutes still on the clock, everything started to go right for Pep's men, and soon after they were 2-0 up, with Gabriel Jesus yet again denied, as the headed finish went down as a Lewis Dunk own goal; exceedingly harsh on both men, who were very impressive all game. Victory at Brighton did not come easy to the Premier League title favourites, but at least they did not concede three goals like each of Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea have done on opening weekend.

"The first game of a season is always complicated", he said.

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"It was a tough game and a tough introduction into the Premier League, but we know we aren't going to be facing teams like that every week".

"Here every game is a battle, and from my experience - in Barcelona too - it's hard against a newly-promoted club.

I want to say thank you to the club", Guardiola said. "Big congratulations to all the people in Manchester City - we are a strong club".

"They are expected to win league titles, Champions Leagues".

But when they did it was a hint of what was possible as Aguero converted after a slick move with Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva. And that is the first step to creating something.

"Last season it was the same and look what happened. Today in the boxes we were flawless".

"The manager [Chris Hughton] is top, and they have the qualities in their players", Guardiola said. 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.