"They had chances, both of them, but of course we need goals", said Guardiola.
"With all respect to the players, last season we were one of the oldest teams in the Premier League".
An early goal for City could really fray the nerves, but if Brighton score first then it could get very interesting.
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"We decided last season we could change the team to make the team younger for the next four or five years".
Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola guided City to a third-place finish in his first campaign in the north west last term.
Brighton chairman Tony Bloom expects to spend big again - if not quite to the extent of City who have splashed out more than £200 million. Last season we were a humble team and an honest team. We are here to win games.
"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. "But that spurs us even more, everybody writing us off already, so I hope we can prove them wrong".
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Lewis Dunk headed Fernandinho's cross into his own net five minutes later to make sure of the points for Guardiola's new-look side.
City played Manchester United in Houston, Texas last month and while United won 2-0, thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford, plenty of fans were impressed by Foden. "So big congratulations to all people working with City, we are a strong Club".
"We had to be patient, in the first half they were well organised, we could see they had a clear game plan", Kompany told BT Sport.
"We attacked too slowly we have to be a little bit quicker and a little bit more precise with more accuracy in our passes".
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Bernardo Silva, meanwhile, arrived from Monaco, further strengthening a stellar attacking department that also contains Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling. Solly March was the only Seagulls player who looked to have any initiative about him.