Pep praises speed of City's transfer deals

Uwe Rosler in action for Manchester City

"We finished the contracts of five or six players and in the last six or seven years Manchester City didn't buy full-backs, so we had to buy full-backs".

City were soon 2-0 up as Lewis Dunk headed into his net after a cross from Fernandinho. We tried to make it a young squad and we did it earlier and we are lucky because it would be more expensive now in the last weeks.

"I saw last season how tough the league is - it doesn't matter who the top teams are". The new players that come in they have to adjust to the way we want to play. "We were stable but we have to try to improve".

"It was a tough game and a tough introduction into the Premier League, but we know we aren't going to be facing teams like that every week", he said.

City is most pundits' favorites to win the league title, after finishing 15 points behind champion Chelsea last season.

Man City signed Walker from Jenas' former club for around £50m earlier in the transfer window and he believes that Tottenham got a good fee, but is anxious to see Guardiola working with England's best right-back.

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Brighton boss Chris Hughton: "For 70 minutes I thought we were good, there's only one way we can play against a team like City".

"We are here to win games, we won but it is just the first one", he added. They were organised and you could see they had a clear game plan, but we've got quality and eventually it made the difference. "We have huge players with lots of talent".

Guardiola says he is pleased to have avoided a fraught transfer scramble close to deadline day by being decisive in the market - but refused to rule out the possibility of more arrivals before the window slams shut at the end of August.

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"It's very hard when you see the spending of some clubs in the summer, Manchester United of course and Chelsea who will be right up there".

"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".

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