The expectation-the hope, the dread-had been for an almighty clash in Manchester, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola bringing the ferocity of their Spanish rivalry to the Premier League, matching competing ideologies against each other while trading barbs on an off-field propaganda war that would make the press-conferences nearly as compelling as the football.
Pep Guardiola's side, for all their riches, took time to get into their groove in a 2-0 win at the Amex Stadium.
I think Huddersfield might struggle given they were very inconsistent in the Championship run-in. I'm going to be fearless and say the game will finish 4-0. With so much talent at his disposal, City's players know they have limited time to impress.
In the end they were undone by their own mistakes, with Dale Stephens caught in possession in the lead-up to Aguero's goal and Dunk's own goal sealing their fate in a game City should have won more comfortably given their 75 percent possession. 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. We will try to improve.
"It's a wonderful game for the club and supporters, as a first game in the Premier League, but we have to make sure it's a good day for the team as well". Such a simple thing appeared beyond Bravo last season, and though Ederson's lack of commitment to Suttner's cross in the 55th minute and the chaos that followed suggested he was not totally comfortable, a clean sheet is a good start.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: "The first game is always complicated".
David Silva's assist for Aguero's goal helped the Spaniard receive man of the match honours.
What they saidBrighton manager Chris Hughton: "For 70 minutes we played the game that we had to play".
"I saw last season how tough the league is - it doesn't matter who the top teams are". Hopefully the work we did last season - when being champions was not possible - we can see it this season because the work is done.
Coverage of Manchester City facing off against Brighton will be shown live on BT Sport 1 (Sky Channel 413, Virgin 530, BT 408). Every game is a battle, especially with the teams who arrive in the first four, five or six games - they are so complicated, especially away.