Manchester City showed they mean business after recording an impressive 2-0 victory over newly promoted Brighton at the Amex Stadium.
Premier League champions Chelsea may have suffered a shock home defeat, but Pep Guardiola’s side ensured they started the season with a bang as they headed back to Manchester with all three points.
It was incredibly one-sided at times, but City’s quality came out on top in the second half as Sergio Aguero produced another clinical finish to fire his side into the lead and net his 170th goal for the club.
Brighton defender Lewis Dunk then headed the second goal into his own net as new signings Ederson, Kyle Walker and Danilo enjoyed their Premier League debuts for Manchester City.
Who else impressed on the south coast and which players had a game to forget?
Our Chief Football Writer reporter John Cross provides the ratings:
An instant hit with the Brighton fans after some good saves.
They love him down here, chanting his name over and over. Easy to see why.
Some blocks and clearances but one big error let in Aguero.
Brighton’s defensive kingpin, he did well until his own goal.
Tried hard but it is going to be a hard season at the back.
One piece of excellent skill down the right lifted the whole mood and crowd.
A difficult afternoon culminating with his mistake leading to City opener.
Worked hard, tried to get stuck in but little chance to get forward.
Looked devastated when he came off injured early on. Had been bright.
Often cut a lonely figure in Brighton’s attack. Isolated but tried hard.
Did not get much service but got a good reception when he went off.
Murphy, for Brown, 23 mins, 5
Murray, for Hemed, 60 mins, 5
Knockaert, for March, 76 mins
Had a fairly quiet and comfortable afternoon, rarely involved.
Solid if unspectacular debut for the £50m right back. Good first half.
Composed and comfortable, City will be happy about his resurgence.
Sat in the middle of the back three, charged with bringing the ball out.
Strong and determined, a committed defensive display.
Sacrificed early as City chased the win, had a decent enough debut.
Worked hard, always running and battling. The engine room for City.
De Bruyne 7
His dangerous runs from midfield a key part of City’s victory.
D Silva 7
Can’t get used to his shaven headed look, but still exudes class.
MotM. Starting the first game of the season was a statement from Pep. It was repaid.
Booked. Shown a yellow for putting the ball into the net with his hand.
Sane, for Danilo, 68 mins, 6
Sterling, for Jesus, 77 mins
B Silva, for Aguero, 82 mins