Paul Merson predicts Brighton and Hove Albion are going to get hammered

Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Hull City at the Etihad Stadium

"I would like to see Pep Guardiola stay even if City didn't win a trophy, but the reality of football is that he would most likely be sacked if we have another season like the last one". We will try to improve.

At the end of last season, pundits agreed that status quo had returned to the Premier League, a season, after underdogs Leicester City managed to lift the title, a statement that remains in the English Premier League forever.

"So yes we'll look at as many good experiences as we can do, and that's for the whole of the season, not just the start". If not, then next season.

Manchester City took their time - 70 minutes of total domination in fact - but eventually what had nearly become fantasy for a resolute Brighton and Hove Albion, turned flesh when Sergio Aguero struck the goal his effervescent contribution warranted after a Dale Stephens mistake.

Lewis Dunk headed Fernandinho's cross into his own net five minutes later to make sure of the points for Guardiola's new-look side.

That was a relief after the uncertain starts made by title rivals Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea, and his new three-man defence was seldom in difficulty.

Maty Ryan was kept busy on his Premier League debut.

And while the newly-promoted club will enjoy the occasion, there will be no party atmosphere at the Amex Stadium, said captain Bruno Saltor Grau. If the chairman or CEO come and say it's not possible then we work with the academy players, players we've had in the past. It was hard but we did it.

"We have spent, of course, but all the teams have spent", he continued. We controlled the game. We have huge players with lots of talent. A pre-match film on the stadium's big screens reminded of the club's awesome journey after the coastal city had been awash with replica shirts.

Neymar would like to play in the Premier League one day, according to his Brazil team-mate, Gabriel Jesus.

David Silva's assist for Aguero's goal helped the Spaniard receive man of the match honours. And that is the first step to creating something.

"We gave a really good account of ourselves".

"It's a challenge for us", Brighton defender Shane Duffy told The Independent.

"Brighton, in their first top flight game since 1983, had few chances to break out and their nerves were evident in their inability to keep possession".

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