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Five minutes later, Brighton defender Dunk slammed a header into his own net as he tried to clear a cross under pressure from Jesus, with the home side lacking the firepower to mount a comeback in the closing stages.

Tottenham, second last season, have not signed a single player yet; instead hoping that their young core will shift gears and perhaps take them to the league. After a day/night of voting, we'll tabulate the ratings and reveal them with the top rated player being named our site's Man of the Match.

"We were stable, we concede just one shot after one corner and after that nothing happened".

Guardiola said: "Hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season. The most important thing was to win the first game".

"We attacked too slowly we have to be a little bit quicker and a little bit more precise with more accuracy in our passes".

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. "But we've got quality in the team and eventually it made the difference".

"There are a lot of positives to take out of this game, building on what we did in preseason". "Against newly promoted teams it's always complicated - they defend so deep, with 10 players - but we were able in the end to win the game".

"It is all I demand of my players and when you see Sergio and Gabriel run backwards and Kevin and David, that is the first step to creating something". Kyle Walker, signed from Spurs, and France worldwide Benjamin Mendy will improve their fullback positions, a key position in Guardiola's playbook.

"There's a huge gulf between the Championship and the top Premier League teams and having watched City in pre-season, they look like they are in the mood for a good start". It is weird because as defensively fragile as they looked at times past year.

Guardiola, a former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager, has yet to win a trophy since taking charge of City at the start of last season.