Manchester City defeated the Brighton and Hove 1-0 with a goal from Phil Foden before halftime (44 ‘). In this way, those of Pep Guardiola rise in the table of the Premier League and they are in the 3rd position with 32 points, 4 behind Manchester United. The City accumulates seven consecutive games with triumphs, four by Premier and three by national cups.
The focus of the Premier was on leaders Manchester United and Liverpool, who will meet on Sunday 17 for the nineteenth round of the league. Now, thanks to the triumph of the ‘Citizens’ they are on their heels, since they are one point behind Liverpool and four from United. To add to their good moment, Guardiola’s men are in the last 16 of the Champions League, where they will face Borussia Mönchengladbach.
The Belgian Kevin de Bruyne, who played in an unusual position like ‘false 9’, was highlighted, playing there he managed to assist Foden to score the only goal of the match. In the 92nd minute, Raheem Sterling missed a penalty, hitting the post. Argentine Sergio ‘Kun’ Agüero continues to be isolated after being declared a close contact with a positive for Covid-19. For his part, Argentine Alexis Mac Allister started at Brighton.
Keep in mind that City are close to the leaders but with one game less than their rivals, Leicester and Everton, who also have 32 points. “We already knew how tough it was going to be. Brighton have a great mentality to play, “said DT Guardiola considering the work of the victory and added:” We played very well and with chances in the first half. Later, when we missed a clear chance, they improved ”, he added. On the fight for the title, the Spaniard admitted: «We have to win these types of matches. It is a good lesson for us. Every game should be like this one.
He Manchester City It was as follows: Ederson; Cancello, Rúben Dias, Stones, Zinchenko; Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Bernardo, Mahrez and Foden. DT: Pep Guardiola. Meanwhile he Brighton and Hove formed with: Robert Sánchez; Veltman, Webster, Dunk, Burn, Bernardo; White, Propper; Tau, McAllister and Trossard. DT: Graham Potter. Stadium: Etihad Stadium. Referee: Darren England.