Guardiola says he's not moved by talk that Man City are favourites

Chris Hughton's Brighton have come a long way

But the former Benfica player is adamant he remains "calm and ready to help my team" despite his new price-tag.

"I don't there's extra pressure on me". Danilo is a bit more defensive minded than Mendy and Walker but is still very good at keeping possession and holding onto the ball, which will suit City well when they are dominating possession and trying to break down their opponent.

"Like every club that´s promoted to the Premier League, it´s to finish 17th or higher". In the next three or four years Manchester City will buy one, two, maybe three players.

"Of course [Guardiola being in charge] had an influence on me".

"Anthony Knockaert seems to be one of Brighton´s better players". I am very thankful for them, I came from the youth section and had really great years there. But I think it is unsustainable.

Brighton are thrown into the deep end as they begin life as a Premier League club with the visit of Manchester City.

The manager said he is building for the future and has since signed goalkeeper Ederson, Bernardo Silva, Kyle Walker and Danilo.

"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".

Speaking on his chances in the upcoming PL, the ex Bayern Munchen boss said; "Last season at my first press conference we were favourites, so nothing has changed".

"I saw last season how tough the league is - it doesn't matter who the top teams are".

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

They have won their opening league match in each of the past six seasons, with Sergio Aguero scoring a total of five goals in those games.

This will not be an easy game for City.

The Seagulls splashed out £10 million on experienced PSV midfielder Davy Propper, while they've agreed a £16 million, club record deal for 25-year-old Colombian worldwide winger Jose Izquierdo.

As the Seagulls prepare to host City on Saturday afternoon, Hughton has insisted his men must ignore any gulf in financial clout, citing Burnley and Bournemouth as examples of how to carve out a Premier League niche on a budget.

"We did it earlier and we are lucky because it would be more expensive now", said the Catalan.

"We probably have to concentrate on the levels that we can affect".

"We spent the first three months in the bottom places".

Jesus ended last season with seven goals in eight Premier League starts, although arguably his two most famous strikes were disallowed for offside.

"You've got to be able to overcome those hard experiences that are going to come in this league".

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