Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City

Chris Hughton's Brighton have come a long way

Chris Hughton's Brighton have come a long way

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton on Manchester City: "They've been outstanding in pre-season, and if we're looking at a team gelling and showing the quality that they have, they have definitely shown that already".

"Guardiola has given the distinct impression that he is not wildly impressed with English football culture, nearly an air of disdain at times, and behind the scenes City have seen him be intense, irritable and demanding", says Matt Dickinson of The Times.

"The match against Manchester City, our debut in the Premier League, will also be one of the club´s greatest-ever occasions.I want to see my club competing against the best in the land, and to see some of the best players in the world gracing the turf of the Amex Stadium".

"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. But we try to win the game". "If the club decides [I am] not able, we are going to take a solution".

"We have spent, of course, but all the teams have spent", he continued.

With plenty of time until deadline day, The Grapevine has the very latest football transfer news from the Premier League's top clubs in our round-up below.

"My family and I were fortunate enough to travel across seven states, driving over 2,000 miles, following Manchester City on tour (in America) this summer and we had the most fantastic time".

The Amex Stadium will be a great addition to any Premier League away day
The Amex Stadium will be a great addition to any Premier League away day

Jose Mourinho has a lot of work on to achieve top four this year and with signings like Romelu Lukaku the hard work may pay off.

"I spoke to Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho before I came here, I knew them from the Brazilian national side".

"If we can keep (captain) Vincent Kompany fit and in the team alongside the new signings, then I think we have everything ready for a very successful 2017/18 campaign. The market is what it is but sooner or later it is going to finish".

"The next year I had some offers from overseas and took the step towards Manchester City and had another great year". "It's the same pressure as I had last season".

City finished 15 points off the pace of Premier League champions Chelsea as Guardiola presided over the first trophyless campaign of his career. I am backing him to deliver this time around, though.

As for City, it's been a mad summer in the market as they've shelled out nearly £160 million on three full-backs: Danilo, Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker.

Finally, ESPN columnist Simon Curtis looks beyond a busy summer of transfer activity back into the history books of Brighton v City, and finds cause to be wary. I think we have addressed the defensive issues that we had last season and the players Guardiola has brought in are strong and fast.

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