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Fans´ View: SHOWCASE-Soccer-Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City

Fans´ View: SHOWCASE-Soccer-Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City”

This is a player who is given far less credit than he deserves in terms of his work-rate, assists, energy, trackback-ability and dangerous pin-point crossing to mention but a few.

Of the many topics of excited debate circulating Brighton & Hove Albion's training ground this week was the stat that Manchester City, their opening opponents in the Premier League tomorrow, spent more on full backs in the past month than Brighton did on their impressive stadium and training complex.

Anirudh Menon: Pep Guardiola and the fullback-heavy team he supposedly wants, Jurgen Klopp and his wingers-on-wings; Arsene Wenger and his new contract; Antonio Conte and his utter fury with everything and everybody; Jose Mourinho and his fabled second season 'magic'; Ronald Koeman and Wayne Rooney (has there been a slower coach-veteran pairing in history?); Mauricio Pochettino, Daniel Levy's refusal to up wages and Wembley; Slaven Bilic and Marko Arnautovic; Rafa Benitez and his facts...

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says his squad will not need huge changes in the future accepting this summer spending will not be sustainable.

On that infamous day when Brighton saved themselves from dropping out of the Football League together back in May 1997 with a desperate draw at Hereford, Bloom was in Las Vegas at a poker tournament. "We are here to win the games and titles".

But how quickly they can gel into an effective Premier League unit will be one of the biggest tests facing Hughton's side.

"Anthony Knockaert seems to be one of Brighton´s better players". "The market is so demanding for all the teams, not just Manchester City".

"I saw last season how tough the league is - it doesn't matter who the top teams are".

"But it is going to finish, it is unsustainable".

"So we have to disregard most of it, because it's something that we can't affect". Raheem Sterling will probably be used as a striker if the 3-5-2 becomes the default formation for the team, and he'll serve as backup to Agüero and Jesus against Brighton. I'm not going to say we are going to play all the season in that system, we are going to play different systems, but the fundamentals will be the same.

Having favoured a 3-4-3 system for much of pre-season, Guardiola confirmed he will alternate between three-man and four-man defences. No more would City judge themselves against domestic rivals; instead they would measure their success against Barcelona, Bayern and Real Madrid and not only was Guardiola going to take them there, but he would do it in style.

The 23-year-old has impressed in preseason - other than an error in the International Champions Cup defeat to Manchester United - and has already showed the ball skills that Guardiola demands from his keepers.

This will be the first competitive meeting between these two clubs since a League Cup tie back in September 2008. I'm honest in my job.

"They also told me about the city". He cleaned up his act last season, and was a joy to watch. I assure you that. "It Begins" must have more than a hollow ring this time around.



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