It was unexpected but this is the Premier League - I learned this last season.
"The most important thing is that he makes the right decisions over what's best for him". Their doggedness against the Premier League's most gifted opposition suggested they are unlikely to be a soft touch for anyone.
The focus may have been on Manchester last season, but the title went to the capital and the run-in was a battle between two London clubs.
Vincent Kompany was pleased to see Manchester City's patience rewarded as their major players came to the fore to defeat Brighton 2-0. We were stable. We controlled the game and the game was in our hands.
Afterwards the manager was predictably delighted with all the riches at his disposal and promised that City will "improve the way we attack" this season.
Five minutes later, Brighton defender Dunk slammed a header into his own net as he tried to clear a cross under pressure from Jesus, with the home side lacking the firepower to mount a comeback in the closing stages.
Not a bad first effort from the Seagulls and it's likely Hughton had a specific game plan to avoid annihilation.
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"For us there are some great examples of teams that have gone up and stayed up". We knew that Brighton are a newly-promoted side, with enthusiasm, also with their crowd.
For all the time they had on the ball, it took until the half-hour mark for City to create a genuine chance. A pre-match film on the stadium's big screens reminded of the club's wonderful journey after the coastal city had been awash with replica shirts.
"We gave a really good account of ourselves".
"It was always going to be hard for us to score", said Brighton manager Chris Hughton. I think we have addressed the defensive issues that we had last season and the players Guardiola has brought in are strong and fast.