City style is reason I signed — Bernardo

Townsend backing promoted Brighton to survive then thrive in Premier League

Townsend backing promoted Brighton to survive then thrive in Premier League

The Seagulls were impressive in the first three friendly games scoring 11 and conceding none, but then failed to beat Norwich City and Girona, and, unsurprisingly, lost to Atletico Madrid in their last test before Manchester City.

Ahead of Manchester City's PL opener against newly promoted side Brighton and Hove Albion, Guardiola said; "We want to put energy in the team for the next five years".

When Pep Guardiola arrived at Manchester City in July 2016, the club made a fuss of the unveiling of their superstar manager by staging a "Cityzens Weekend", at which the slogan "It Begins" was projected from anything and everything bearing a club badge.

Guardiola will hope goalkeeper Ederson, acquired from Benfica for £34.9 million, is less error prone than Claudio Bravo, whose dismal season was a major factor in City's failed title challenge.

Guardiola confirmed Mendy and midfielder Ilkay Gundogan are recovering well but neither would be available for selection for City's weekend clash at the Amex Stadium.

"If we do something good this season it's because we were together last season, and we know better, and I know better, and they know me better, and that's why it's easy".

"My experience of being a manager, always the beginning of the season the new ones are the toughest ones". Elsewhere, Conte had guided Chelsea to the Premier League title and Mourinho delivered the EFL Cup and Europa League trophies to Old Trafford.

Bloom is Brighton to the blue and white core.

Like last season, there is still a bit of uncertainty in defence, especially when Vincent Kompany is not there, as we've seen some improvements after his return at the end of last season.

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

And even Guardiola, one of the most successful coaches in world football, will find it uncomfortable next May if he has to explain away another season without a trophy.

Guardiola said: "It is not just us. This group of players is going to stay for a long time at Manchester City".

With Sergio Aguero and Brazilian Gabriel Jesus the options for central striker and the likes of David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and new arrival Bernardo Silva to choose from as attacking midfielders, City have little choice but to attack. That game ended 2-2, with Brighton prevailing 5-3 on penalties at their former home, the Withdean Stadium.

"It has been the same since I was four or five and a young boy growing up in Lisbon".

"People say in the first news conference we are favourites". Kyle Walker and Danilo will be the two wing-backs, and their performances in preseason at that position were very encouraging. The pressure it's never a big problem.

His formidable kicking ability, both in terms of distance and accuracy, enables City to get the ball forward more quickly. They must also have pace and athleticism. We have to deal with that and handle that.

Chelsea have their fair share of troubles, but have a bloody-mindedness about them that should get them to a distant second place while Arsenal may have bought their saviour in Alexandre Lacazette.