We were a little lucky, says Guardiola after City win

Ross Houston
August 14, 2016

Manchester City have now won their opening Premier League fixture in each of the past six seasons.

Defending champions Leicester City were shocked in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of newly-promoted Hull City.

In other action, Tottenham and Southampton each scored late to ensure draws, while Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion earned victories.

Dutch Midfielder Leroy Fer gave Swansea a 1-0 win at another newly-promoted side, Burnley.

Hart's place as City No.1 came under threat back in April when the club's interest in Barcelona's Marc Andre Ter Stegen first came to light, and it is understood there is still an intention to bring in a new signing capable of nailing down a place between the posts.

The Spaniard signaled the changes with his very first starting lineup. England goalkeeper Joe Hart was dropped in favor of Willy Caballero and there were debuts for defender John Stones after his 47.5 million pound ($62 million) move from Everton and Spain forward Nolito.

The Black Cats fell behind to a very early Sergio Aguero penalty, but looked to be on course for a point at the Etihad Stadium after Jermain Defoe equalised 20 minutes from time.

Second half substitute and debutant Paddy McNair put the ball into his own net in the 87th minute to hand David Moyes his first loss as Sunderland manager.

It was also the 16th different Premier League campaign that the veteran striker has scored in, becoming only the eighth player to achieve that feat.

"We are a team". We were patient with the ball - that's what the manager wants.

Along with the missed opportunities in front of goal, Ranieri said a lack of teamwork meant his team was second-best on the day.

"They were fantastic, they were a team, they fought", he said. "The effort was fantastic, but individual effort - not as a team".

"I told my players this season will be harder than last season".

Hart is highly-regarded at City and one of the longest-serving players in the squad.

Adama Diomande put Hull ahead in first-half stoppage time, Riyad Mahrez leveled from the penalty spot just after the restart and Robert Snodgrass scored the victor in the 57th minute.

Asked why he chose the 34-year-old Argentine, who had not started for City since early April, Guardiola said: "I think he had a good pre-season, he gave me a lot of confidence, he has personality and that is why I chose him. They showed a lot of the determination". I never see one game from the next.

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