Manchester City began their Premier League campaign with a hard-fought 2-0 victory at newly-promoted Brighton on Saturday.
A second-half strike from Sergio Aguero and an own-goal from the unfortunate Lewis Dunk ensured Pep Guardiola’s side hit the ground running on a weekend when many of their title rivals faltered.
If you were too busy to catch all of the action from the Amex, fear not. Sportsmail’s DANIEL MATTHEWS was on hand to keep an eye on proceedings.
David Silva does his best Guardiola impression
Midfield maestro David Silva is a man of many talents. The Spain international has shown since moving to the Premier League that intricate passing and dribbling are among his best attributes.
But now Silva can seemingly add impressions to that list. The 31-year-old, normally recognisable by his lengthy brown hair, has returned this season with a new look -The Pep Guardiola.
Or that’s the view of some fans, who think his new hair-style – or lack of it – has turned him into a double of his manager. It’s certainly fetching.
Some supporters joked that David Silva’s new haircut made him look like his City manager
…Meanwhile Chris Hughton got in on the act, sporting a Sean Dyche-esque goatee.
Brighton manager Chris Hughton with his own bearded impression of Burnley’s Sean Dyche
Pep Guardiola, fashion icon
The sight of Brian Kidd in jeans and trainers was undoubtedly one of the highlights of Guardiola’s trophy-less first season in charge.
And the former Barcelona boss has picked up where he left off last year, raising eyebrows at the Amex with an eye-catching new get-up.
White polo shirt, tight black v-neck jumper, even whiter trainers and even tighter beige chinos. The thigh-and-calf-hugging trousers proved particularly popular. Move aside with you hat and tracksuit, Pulis.
Pep Guardiola’s interesting choice of attire attracted a great deal of attention at the Amex
Gerrard and Lampard renew their partnership
For years they were two of the finest midfielders in the country.
But the perceived inability of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to play together came to symbolise the woes of the ‘Golden Generation’.
The two club-rivals and international team-mates renewed their partnership on Saturday night. They were back on the pitch at the Amex, working together for BT Sport. Where was Owen Hargreaves when you needed him?
Former international team-mates Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard working for BT Sport
Manchester City finally end their South Coast hoodoo
Saturday’s clash at the Amex was the first meeting between City and Brighton for almost a decade.
It was only the 18th time they had ever met and the first time since 1989 the two sides had contested a league match.
Coming into this opening weekend, City had not beaten Brighton in 29 years; they had not won away from home at the Seagulls in 34. A 1-0 victory in May 1983 was the last time they had beaten Brighton their own patch. Aguero and Dunk ensured that duck was finally broken this weekend.
Pep Guardiola’s side picked up their first victory on Brighton soil for 34 years on Saturday
Lewis Dunk escapes big handball claim
In the end, it proved inconsequential. But referee Michael Oliver risked the wrath of the well-dressed Guardiola after turning down a strong shout for a City penalty midway through the second half.
With the score 0-0, Kevin De Bruyne fired a long-range shot at goal. The ball struck defender Dunk on the arm, prompting ferocious calls for a penalty from the away side. Oliver was unmoved, however, and received backing from his fellow referee Mark Clattenburg.
‘The arm actually goes behind the player’s back, that proves to me that there was no intention to handle it and it was in a natural position,’ he said on BT Sport. Dunk was less fortunate 10 minutes later as he headed into his own net.
A long-range shot from Kevin De Bruyne hit the arm of Lewis Dunk but no penalty was awarded
Fernandinho and De Bruyne protest to referee Michael Oliver, who did not deem it deliberate
Brighton pay tribute to one of its most loyal supporters
Applause broke out on the all sides of the Amex in the 67th minute as the home supporters paid tribute to fellow Seagulls fan Ed Bassford.
Bassford, who once even stood for the ‘Seagulls Party’ in a local election died last month after a long illness. ‘We send our sincerest condolences to his long-term wife and partner Roz South, and his many Albion friends who will, like us, be deeply saddened at the news,’ the club wrote on their website at the time.
And on Saturday night, Brighton supporters took their chance to salute one of their own with a minute’s applause.