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The midfield duo were left out of Guardiola's squad for his first Premier League match, along with striker Wilfried Bony and centre-back Eliaquim Mangala. "But of course, for the new people, new manager, new players, to start winning helps to believe in what we are doing". "I have a lot of respect for Joe but on that I decided for Willy".

Hart, 29, has been City's first-choice goalkeeper for the past six seasons, contributing to two Premier League title wins, two League Cup successes and their 2011 FA Cup triumph. I thought Sunderland played high pressing and Willy had trained in more sessions than Joe. I needed us to be aggressive without the ball. I have to create the team spirit. "Today I chose this line up but that doesn't mean they won't play in the future".

Guardiola admitted ahead of the Sunderland game that he needs to trim his first-team squad but he insists that all his players could still have a future at the Etihad.

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But there was no goal rush in its wake as a Sunderland side under new manager David Moyes defended with determination and discipline at Etihad Stadium.

"Obviously, the players you have to work with make a big difference, and he has got a really good group of players to work with". He didn't know much about it at all but it was said and his name was put to it. When we have a game I just focus on this game.

Perhaps one of the more surprising inclusions in the starting line-up yesterday was that of the American midfielder Lynden Gooch, who has managed to force himself into the first-team picture after coming through at the Academy of Light. "That's why I trust him", he said.

"They played better, we tried to do our best, " the Italian told Sky Sports.

The 2-1 win by City was the nightcap of a seven-fixture opening day for the Premier League season, the highlight of which had to be from the very first match. So I am really impressed with the quality of Sammy.

Despite that warning shot he second half panned out in a similar fashion for the home side as they dominated possession with few clear sights of goal, although Aguero did flash one snapshot narrowly wide on the hour mark after a loose ball had fallen to him inside the area.

"They've set the standard for effort and commitment and they'll be getting it from me if they drop below that".

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