The south coast club's last home game in the top flight was a 1-0 defeat by City on May 7 1983.
"People say in the first news conference we are favourites".
More of that here - we'll be back same time, same place tomorrow! "How long they take to gel at the back in going to be the question and they'll leave themselves open with their attacking style, but they will still outscore everyone". There´s a gulf between Albion and City.
No one doubted that English clubs would break their own £1.2 billion ($1.56 billion) transfer-spending record this summer; all that was disputed was by how much and which players would go where.
Frustrated by Newcastle's failure to sign Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who instead joined Chelsea, Benitez tried to shame Ashley into action. 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.
"I think it is unsustainable".
"We have spent, of course, but all the teams have spent", he continued. But then we won at Nottingham Forest (who were then European champions), gained some confidence, put some runs together, and finished well clear of the relegation zone. "For example, hopefully next season I will be here and we are not going to spend how we spent this season".
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Jose Mourinho has a lot of work on to achieve top four this year and with signings like Romelu Lukaku the hard work may pay off.
Defence was the major problem with the Manchester City side previous year as players couldn't adapt to Peps system.
"But with the quality City have got I would expect them to be very strong title contenders". I'm not going to say we are going to play all the season in that system, we are going to play different systems, but the fundamentals will be the same.
"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".
"Anthony Knockaert seems to be one of Brighton´s better players".
After a summer of exceptionally high spending from domestic teams and overseas, this season should prove to be a spectacular display of all-star football.
Comparisons have been drawn to Thierry Henry, but even Arsenal's prolific striker took time to adjust to English physicality, failing to score in his first eight games after his arrival from Juventus.
Pep Guardiola will have been disappointed with his first season in England as it was his first season without a piece of silverware for the first time in his managerial career, and the Catalan has looked to rectify by breaking the bank with the likes of Bernardo Silva, Ederson, Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy joining the cause thus far.