Pep thanks City board after Brighton victory

Following a comfortable opening day win over the Seagulls, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola expressed his gratitude to his employers for their off-season transfer dealings.

The Premier League favourites did their odds of lifting the most prestigious trophy in English football no harm on Saturday by breezing past hosts Brighton and Hove Albion.

Following the 2 – 0 win, Guardiola singled out the Citizens board for praise, saying that their willingness to spend on young talent has put the club in a very strong position.

"I want to say thank you to the club, for the next four, five years we have young players with huge talent," he told reporters.

"Last season with Leroy [Sane] and [Ilkay] Gundogan, this season with Bernardo, Danilo, Mendy and with Kyle – they are young enough to play four, five years. So big congratulations to all people working with City, we are a strong club.

"I want to continue with what we did in the last three games of pre-season. We were stable but we have to try to improve. The most important thing was to win the first game.

"We are here to win games, we won but it is just the first one," he added.

Despite the result, Guardiola was quick to point out that there is still room for improvement on the pitch for his exciting young squad.

"We have to learn to attack better," he said. "The big teams have to handle all situations. I am satisfied, especially with the second half."