Jesus welcomes Aguero competition on trophy charge for Manchester City

Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure

Matthew Ryan starts in goal, Markus Suttner will begin the season at left-back, Pascal Gross is the dynamic presence in midfield, and Davy Pröpper from PSV will be the link, playing behind the striker and providing assists to Glenn Murray and others.

His display in the first leg was one the the best any opposition player has delivered at the Etihad in recent seasons, with his ability to retain possession and create chances for his teammates carving City open on a number of occasions.

Anirudh Menon: Pep Guardiola and the fullback-heavy team he supposedly wants, Jurgen Klopp and his wingers-on-wings; Arsene Wenger and his new contract; Antonio Conte and his utter fury with everything and everybody; Jose Mourinho and his fabled second season 'magic'; Ronald Koeman and Wayne Rooney (has there been a slower coach-veteran pairing in history?); Mauricio Pochettino, Daniel Levy's refusal to up wages and Wembley; Slaven Bilic and Marko Arnautovic; Rafa Benitez and his facts...

With January signing Gabriel Jesus over the injury trouble that stalled a promising start in England, City look well placed to compete for all the major trophies.

"The fundamentals are completely the same".

Having insisted throughout last season, particularly when the team was struggling during the winter months, that he would never change his principles, the reality is that Guardiola has modified his approach in an effort to succeed in England.

He added: "We played four games, one with four at the back and the last three with three at the back". Perhaps we´ve got to ensure that all our players give their all and hope that City are off-colour, but it can happen that way. But he was hanging on the phone listening to every minute.

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Further forward, the signing of Bernardo Silva from Monaco will further sharpen City's attacking edge, while the ongoing pursuit of Alexis Sanchez points to Guardiola's determination to have pace, movement and goals throughout his forward line.

Brighton are organized and know how to defend, but they also have a knack for scoring and a few very talented players.

Brighton's home then was the Goldstone Ground, which was sold in 1997 as the club battled against possible bankruptcy, leaving them 'homeless' until they moved into their current venue, the Amex Stadium, six years ago.

Sunaadh Sagar: Money talks and Pep Guardiola has spent the most; he finally has 90% of the squad he wants to implement his ideas. Tottenham will not fade away, while Liverpool, Arsenal and a resurgent Everton will also ensure that last season's top seven will fight tooth-and-nail for the top positions.

This will be the first competitive meeting between these two clubs since Brighton & Hove Albion won a League Cup tie on penalties in September 2008. I'm honest in my job. "I was confident last season too".

But the stakes are high and there are no guarantees that City and Guardiola will succeed. "I am pleased with the business City have done in the transfer window so far". It doesn't make an influence on me, maybe for others it does.

But they did. And a dozen years on, Bloom and his gang are here.