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Brighton 0-2 Man City: Aguero breaks through

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  • Brighton’s PL debut
  • Aguero breaks through
  • Own goal doubles lead

Sergio Aguero’s 170th Manchester City goal helped the visitors past stingy Brighton and Hove Albion in what finished a 2-0 win at Falmer Stadium on Saturday.

Brighton defended valiantly and were well-organized under Chris Hughton, but City found its way through thanks to a ruthless bit of work from old hats Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, and Aguero.

A Lewis Dunk own goal went through the hands of Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan minutes later to salt the match away.

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Manchester City was thriving early but absent the final ball.

Gabriel Jesus looked to make it 1-0 in the 28th minute, but referee Michael Oliver made a very good call after the Brazilian’s chested trap went off his arm and into the goal.

Jesus was given a yellow for the handball, which didn’t look his intention, and he spent a long time on the pitch afterward which perhaps betrayed that thought.

Australian backstop Mathew Ryan made a terrific save on a Jesus header in the 34th minute after Sergio Aguero chipped a ball over three defenders. Ryan was going the wrong way but reached back to make the play.

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Brighton made few mistakes in the match, but Irish defender Shane Duffy played Sergio Aguero one-on-one with Ryan only to see the Argentine miss wildly.

So few chances for Brighton finally gave way to a corner kick in the 55th minute, and Duffy came close to scoring when Davy Propper’s mishit shot fell for him. It was deflected out for another corner. That led to more chances and a laser hit wide by Propper.

It only takes a second, though, especially when Aguero gets a second bite at the cherry (or grape, given City’s away shirts). Guardiola didn’t need new boys for the quickfire De Bruyne-Silva-Aguero goal

Premier League 2017-18 preview – Manchester City

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Pep Guardiola gets his second go-around with Manchester City, hoping to improve on a third-place finish that came down to the wire. The Spaniard has done much work this summer to overhaul the roster and get significantly younger in key areas.

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Last season’s acceptable finish eased some of the pressure that was mounting on Pep Guardiola, but another finish in the same spot this season won’t be taken so lightly. This team expects much more after such a massive summer investment, and anything less than a title will probably seem like a disappointment.

Best, worst case scenarios – Best-case scenario is clear: win the Premier League championship. With such a prestigious manager plus over $280 million spent this transfer window, there’s a clear target. Should those moves gel quickly, they could be one of the most dangerous teams not just in the Premier League but in all of Europe.

However, should it take Pep Guardiola time to mesh the new players together, an early-season sputter could scuttle the season before it even truly begins. Worst-case, this team finishes outside a Champions League spot, and Guardiola likely wouldn’t last long enough to see it come to a disappointing close.


Best possible XI is…

Bravo

Walker — Stones — Kompany — Mendy

Toure — Fernandinho

D Silva — De Bruyne — Sterling

Aguero


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Transfers In: Benjamin Mendy (Monaco, $68 million), Kyle Walker (Tottenham, $60 million), Bernardo Silva (Monaco, $59 million), Ederson (Benfica, $47 million), Danilo ($35.5 million), Douglas Luiz (Vasco de Gama, $14 million),

Transfers Out: Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, $32.8 million), Enes Unal (Villareal, $17 million), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield, $10.8 million), Nolito (Sevilla, $10.6 million), Fernando (Galatasaray, $6.2 million), Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma, $6 million), Joe Hart (Loan, West Ham), Jesus Navas (Sevilla, Free), Gael Clichy (Basaksehir, Free), Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham, Free), Willy Caballero (Chelsea, Free).

Last season:

— 3rd place in Premier League
Champions League Round of 16 (lost to Monaco)
— League Cup 4th Round (lost to Manchester United)
FA Cup semifinals (lost to Arsenal)

Star player: Kevin De Bruyne — Sergio Aguero’s rocky relationship with Pep Guardiola and the arrival of Gabriel Jesus has seen the Belgian playmaker rise to the top as Manchester City’s most influential star. He played the most minutes of anyone on the squad last season across all competitions, and he was involved in 30 goals (7 scored, 23 assisted), one fewer than Raheem Sterling‘s team lead. One a team bursting at the seams with both creative and finishing talent, de Bruyne is the glue that holds it all together.

Coaches’ Corner: Pep Guardiola — Despite a solid third-place finish in his first season taking over an aging squad, Guardiola’s first season in charge had largely a disappointing feel to it. The Spaniard brought in players like John Stones and Leroy Sane who either struggled or failed to make a significant impact. After his success at both Barcelona and Bayern Munich made Guardiola one of the most sought-after managers in the world, he must prove he can navigate the Premier League or he may run out his welcome in Manchester.

PST predicts: This team is just flat out too talented to struggle two seasons in a row. Guardiola will figure out how to piece the attacking talent together, rotating Jesus and Aguero through the numerous competitions and working Ilkay Gundogan, Leroy Sane, and Bernardo Silva into the rotation behind them. The central defense is still this team’s weakness, but for all of John Stones’ struggles last season, City still managed the fourth-best defensive record in the English top flight. Kyle Walker is a fantastic addition despite his high price, and Guardiola has managed to get this team significantly younger since he arrived. This is a top-two team, and will challenge for the title.

Video: Man City duo De Bruyne, Jesus nutmeg complete strangers

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Anyone that has played soccer can say outside conceding a goal that being nutmegged is the most humiliating thing that can happen to them.

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However, it might be kind of cool if two of the Premier League’s brightest stars were the ones doing the nutmegging.

Yeah, you’re right. It still kind of stings, but check out this awesome video Manchester City put together of Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus going around nutmegging the great people of Los Angeles.

The Citizens are currently on their preseason tour of the United States as part of the International Champions Cup.

Man City fell to rivals Manchester United in their ICC opener down in Houston, before comfortably defeating Real Madrid in their second match. The PL giants will close out their ICC campaign on Saturday against another familiar English opponent — Tottenham Hotspur — before heading back to Europe in preparation for the 2017/18 season.

Gabriel Jesus breaks eye socket, released from Brazil squad

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According to reports in Brazil, including news publication Globo Esporte, Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus suffered a facial fracture in Brazil’s 1-0 friendly loss to Argentina in Melbourne, Australia and has been released from the squad.

The young striker was injured when he was elbowed by club-mate Nicolas Otamendi, which left Jesus momentarily unconscious on the ground. The 20-year-old was taken to the hospital, and despite an initial all-clear, further tests found he had fractured the orbital bone over his left eye. The test results, while worse than initially thought, were also a positive as he had escaped any fracture of his jaw.

With the club season concluded, Jesus will now fly home to Brazil where he will receive treatment and rest. He tweeted Saturday morning, “I am fine.”

Brazil manager Tite has chosen not to replace Jesus on the roster, with only another friendly against Australia on Tuesday on the schedule for the national team until late August.

You can see video of the incident below:

Man City 3-1 West Brom: Pep’s men unbeaten in seven

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  • City strikes twice in 3 minutes
  • Toure nabs insurance marker
  • West Brom keeps struggling

A standard Pep Guardiola performance saw Manchester City essentially ensure UEFA Champions League qualification with a 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

Gabiel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne, and Yaya Toure helped City to a three-goal lead before Hal Robson-Kanu spoiled Wily Caballero’s clean sheet in the 87th minute.

Man City now has a three-point lead on fifth-place Arsenal, and holds a five-goal advantage in goal difference. A win or draw Sunday guarantee a places, as would anything but a big defeat and wins from Liverpool and Arsenal.

Once angling for sixth or seventh, West Brom is in ninth and could finish as low as 12th with a loss at Swansea City on Championship Sunday.

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De Bruyne cued Jesus up for a tap-in to open the scoring in the 27th minute, then lashed a shot home from outside the 18 to double the advantage two minutes later.

Next up was Toure, who traded passes with Sergio Aguero before capping Man City’s scoring in the 57th minute.

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