"Most of the players - Sergio [Aguero], Raz [Raheem Sterling], Leroy [Sane], Gabriel [Jesus], Bernardo Silva - all of them are young and will stay for the future. It's normal that the players and supporters are going to be celebrating for a period of time, but we have had to come down to reality", Brighton boss Hughton said.
"Six players were out of contract".
He added: "We spoke about that".
In a cosmopolitan city which welcomes anyone - think Williamsburg in Brooklyn, but an hour away from New York City and on the coast - Brighton will have the eyes of the world watching their team.
Back in June, Guardiola said in an interview with El Matí de Catalunya Radio, "There's an English kid, Phil Foden, that looks great".
"It started with Real Madrid and Ronaldo going for £80 million and then Bale for £85 million and everything went more expensive". Even after a disappointing third-place finish on his return to Chelsea, he went on to conquer the league in the second season. "He's 17-years-old, he's a City player".
"It was a tough game and a tough introduction into the Premier League, but we know we aren't going to be facing teams like that every week", he said. "I've lived here a long, long time and to be here, in the stadium, it is hard to put it into words", said Brighton fan Ross Perrett with a smile on his face.
Where the Manchester clubs have spent upwards of 200 million pounds on their teams, Chelsea - who have a small squad as it is - have brought in just Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata, both talented players but unaccustomed to the rigours of the Premier League.
Despite making such significant investments, Guardiola claimed City have actually saved money by getting the majority of their transfer business done earlier in the close season.
"This division is far tougher and we'll certainly need all of the experienced heads around us". "I'm sure we can".
"From my experience in Barcelona too, especially against the newly promoted it's always hard".
"It's the same pressure as I had last season", Guardiola explained.
A year ago City won their first 10 games in all competitions, beginning with a victory at home to Sunderland, yet finished the campaign empty-handed.
Guardiola was one of the most heralded managers in the world following the exploits of his all-conquering Barcelona side, but his European struggles with Bayern Munich and the decline of his patented "tiki-taka" football have seen many critics label him a "chequebook manager".
His biggest problem may be keeping everyone happy as he tweaks his teamsheet. I'm honest in my job.
"For 70 minutes we kept them to minimal good chances".