Manchester City 2017-18 season preview: Title or bust for Pep?

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It doesn't make an influence on me, maybe for others it does. Only one of the last eight teams debuting in the Premier League has lost their opening home match (Bournemouth in 2015).

"So although it will be hard to get a point or three against Manchester City, it's not impossible".

"Of course, it had an influence on me [the presence of Pep Guardiola here]".

Brighton have broken their club transfer record twice in one week to draft in Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven and Club Brugge's Jose Izquierdo, subject to medical and worldwide clearance. Our levels of confidence and knowledge are higher so I am happy to start the season. Perhaps we've got to ensure that all our players give their all and hope that City are off-colour, but it can happen that way.

Yet, a team featuring Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus up front and a sprinkle of attacking midfielders like Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, new signing Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling promises lots of goals this season.

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

Brighton, who returned the top tier after a 34-year absence by finishing second in the Championship, last hosted City in a 2008 League Cup tie. "We are here to win the games and titles".

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The winger went on to win the Premier League title under Antonio Conte, and featured in 41 games, scoring 12 goals for the Blues.

Brighton have broken their club transfer record twice in one week to draft in Davy Propper from PSV Eindhoven and Club Brugge's Jose Izquierdo, subject to medical and global clearance.

Hughton has insisted Brighton must ignore any gulf in financial clout however, citing Burnley and Bournemouth as examples of how to carve out a Premier League niche on a budget.

"So we have to disregard most of it, because it's something that we can't affect".

"For us there are some great examples of teams that have gone up and stayed up".

He achieved the feat at Porto, Chelsea twice, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, with the only exceptions to the rule being his first two management roles, at Benfica and Uniao de Leiria, where he lasted less than a season in both cases.

"I dream of winning more titles with Chelsea, win a Champions League and Fifa Club World Cup with Chelsea and be one of the best players in the world, as well as win titles with the Selecao (Brazil) and a World Cup", he was quoted as saying.

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