Vincent Kompany: Man City rewarded for their patience at Brighton

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud

The former Tottenham man was named man-of-the match for a persistent display on the right flank and was happy to begin his City career on a winning note.

The south-coast side fell further behind in the 75th minute when Lewis Dunk, under pressure from Gabriel Jesus, headed Fernandinho's cross into his own net in Brighton's first game in the top-flight in 34 years.

The Frenchman has been a major disappointment since joining City in a £42 million deal in 2014, and spent last season on loan at Valencia.

"We have to make sure that come the end of the window, we have a squad that can do well enough in this division. Manchester City are many pundits" favourites for the title this year. "I'm a big fan of his, both of his football and his humility". With so much talent at his disposal, City's players know they have limited time to impress.

"We were stable, we concede just one shot after one corner and after that nothing happened".

"The club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed after last season".

But if you're wondering why the Manchester clubs have been dominating headlines in England, it's because the rest of the big teams have been doing little online.

"Before the Sergio goal we had chances in the first half and the second half and in these sort of games when teams defend with 10 players, deeper, deeper it's so important to score the first goal", Guardiola told a news conference. "We have huge players with lots of talent".

"Going forward, I don't think that there is anyone who can match us because we have so many attacking options and great players".

"Here every game is a battle, and from my experience - in Barcelona too - it's hard against a newly-promoted club". "But we've got quality in the team and eventually it made the difference". It was always going to be hard for us to score. But if he wants me to play up front alone, it's his decision.

Craig Burley feels Pep Guardiola's back may be against the wall if he does not win any trophies with Man City this season. It will be hard for them to stay up, especially the first time around.

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