City avoids early strain of title rivals by beating Brighton

BRIGHTON, England — Avoiding the strains and struggles endured by its title rivals, Manchester City is off to a winning start.

City took 70 minutes to break through Brighton's resistance and was aided by the English Premier League newcomer's carelessness to ensure it left the southern seaside resort with a 2-0 victory on Saturday.

But compared to the plight of Arsenal, Chelsea, and Liverpool on the opening weekend, this was an assignment smoothly negotiated by Pep Guardiola's team.

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