With eight goals in all competitions, Phil Foden is Manchester City’s top scorer this season.
Manchester City extended their unbeaten run to 14 games in all competitions with a win over struggling Brighton.
Phil Foden scored the only goal just before halftime by picking up a pass from Kevin de Bruyne, creating space and firing into the top corner.
The hosts had a chance to extend their lead: Riyad Mahrez shoots wide, Ilkay Gundogan fails to beat Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez and Bernardo Silva hits the bar. Raheem Sterling was the culprit after Sanchez had an altercation with De Bruyne and sent a free kick over the crossbar.
Alexis Mack Allister may have had the best chance to equalise for the Seagulls, but his shot went through.
City’s fourth straight league win takes them into third place, although they will be denied fourth place if Tottenham win at home to Fulham in Wednesday’s catch-up game.
Brighton, meanwhile, have nine league games to go and could find themselves in the top flight when 18th-placed Fulham meet Spurs.
From the lower half to the applicant in title
City has since the 21st. November, when they beat Tottenham 2-0, and are 11th in the Premier League.
Since then, however, the team has been in excellent form: 11 wins and three draws in all competitions and only three goals in that period. They have won seven consecutive times in various competitions and cups.
What makes this statistic even more impressive is the fact that Guardiola has been repeatedly deprived of key players due to the Corona virus, including goalkeeper Ederson, defender Kyle Walker and forwards Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres, who have missed the last few games.
Against Brighton City, Argentine striker Sergio Aguero disappeared, isolating himself after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19. With Sterling, Jesus and Torres first on the bench, De Bruyne acted as a makeshift centre-forward.
And the Belgian international is at the heart of the city’s best moves. His sharp corner shot was blocked by Sanchez, then released Mahrez, who could only shoot into the empty net.
But just before half-time, De Bruyne scored his ninth Premier League goal by missing an assist on Foden. The 20-year-old English midfielder did the rest, having to get past Brighton’s defenders three times before firing in Sanchez.
Mahrez, Gundogan, Silva, Joao Cancelo and De Bruyne scored in the first 20 minutes of the second half, while City provided a second goal to decide the match.
Sterling, who scored in the 82nd minute. Foden, who came on in the second minute, converted a penalty kick in stoppage time after a clumsy foul by Sanchez on De Bruyne.
City, the 2017-18 and 2018-19 champions and the runners-up, who were eliminated last time, are back in action. They are now just four points behind Manchester United when they take on their rivals.
Brighton don’t have the strength to take apoint.
Brighton, who have been playing in the Premier League since their 2-1 win over Aston Villa on 21. The month of November without a win is encouraged by the fighting performance, but it lacked the quality needed to make a point.
Graeme Potter’s side had to wait 40 minutes for their first corner, after which things got tight and City quickly opened the scoring, De Bruyne forcing Sanchez to take a penalty.
The Seagulls didn’t shoot on goal until the tenth minute of the second half, which was no problem for Ederson as Davy Propper’s shot was aimed straight at him.
Percy Tau, making his Premier League debut more than two years after moving to Brighton, was supported by Mac Allister, whose shot went just wide.
Potter gave Taus top scorer Neil Maupe the lead in the final 22 minutes, but the Frenchman failed to get the equaliser.
Another blank sheet for the city – Statistics
- Manchester City have won their last four Premier League games, the same number as in the previous eleven (four wins, five draws, two defeats).
- Brighton have not won in nine Premier League games, the longest run in the league so far (five draws, four defeats).
- No team has conceded more goals in the Premier League this season than Manchester City (eight), who have also conceded the least (13).
- City won all seven Premier League matches with Brighton, with a combined score of 21-2.
- Since the start of last season, City have conceded seven penalties in the Premier League, more than any other team. Three of them were missed by Raheem Sterling.
- Phil Foden scored his eighth goal of the season in all competitions, more than any other Manchester City player.
- Kevin De Bruyne scored his 14th goal of the season. Assistant of the season in all competitions – no player in the Premier League has had more.
The return to the best is.
Foden is so clever in front of the goal – Guardiola
Pep Guardiola, chief executive of Manchester City, told Sport: We knew it would be difficult. Brighton had a good mentality to play with.
We had a very good first half and we had chances. After we missed a real chance in the second half, they were better.
We need to win games like this. It’s a good lesson for us. Every game will be like that.
Phil Foden is 20 years old. Look at the stats, the number of games, the attendance in relation to the big football stars. He can play either side of the ball, up the middle as a foul nine. He’s so smart in front of the goal. That’s why he deserves to play.
said Phil Foden, the winner of the Manchester City match: It feels like we’re back on track. We have gained confidence in the recent results.
We could have done better, but overall I am very proud of the team. This is an excellent result.
Brighton defended very well and had a good game plan. Scoring a goal before the break was very important. In the end, it was the winning goal, so I’m very happy.
Brighton pushed a very good team to the end. – Potter.
Brighton’s boss, Graham Potter, told Sport: We are disappointed that we left with nothing. We met the best team. I am very proud of the players. You have to suffer here, that’s it. We tried to attack.
They are always on the right track because they have great players. They’re so good they’ll take you back. Our intention was to be on the front line and play and attack when we could.
The boys defended well when they had to leave everything on the field.
To Percy Tau, Potter added: I think you have some ideas. It’s a difficult game for a striker because you have to spend a lot of energy defending, which reduces its quality. He has a lot of time and we have to help him.
What’s the next step?
Brighton are aiming for victory on Saturday the 16th. January (15:00 CET) against Leeds to record their third Championship victory of the season.
It was the second of four consecutive home games for Manchester City, who host Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday (19:15 CET).
The player of the game
De BruynKevin De Bruyn.
Brighton and Hove Albion
- Team number22Player nameTatz
- Team number26Player nameSanchez
- Squadron number 10. The player’s name is Mac Allister.
- Team number11Player nameTrossard
- Team number4Player nameWebstep
- Team number3Player nameWhite
- Team number30Player nameBernardo
- Team number5Player’s nameDunk
- Team number9 Player nameMatsrau
- Squadron number33Fire name of the player
- Team number34Player nameVeltman
- Team number67Hadra Player name
- Team number24Preppers player name
- Team number 20Player nameMarch
City of people
Formation of a 4-3-3
- 5 stones
- 3Rouben Diaz
- 11 Zinchenko
- 17De Bruyn
- 26MahrezSubstitution of Gabriel Jesusata 67’min
- 20Bernardo Silva
- 47FodenReplaced bySterlingat 82’minutes
- 2 walkers
- 9 Gabriel Jesus
- 21 Torres
- 22 Mendy
- 78 Harwood-Bellis
- 4WebsterBookable at 77Minutes
- 34VeltmanReserved for 62Minutes
- 24Marshall’s property 68’s minutes
- 3Wh white
- 22TauChangé to Maupayat 68’min
- 11TrossardReplaced for Hadraat 86’min
- 10Mac Allister.
- 20. Mars
- 29 Tsitsiri
- 31 Walton
- 41 Sander
- 47 yen
- The game is over: Manchester City 1, Brighton & Hove Albion 0.
- End of the second half, Manchester City 1, Brighton & Hove Albion 0.
- Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) is penalised after committing a foul.
- Solly March (Brighton & Hove Albion) hits a free kick on the right wing.
- Missed punishment! Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right fine – too high. Raheem Sterling must be disappointed.
- Fine for the city of Manchester. Kevin De Bruyne commits a foul in the penalty area.
- Robert Sanchez (Brighton & Hove Albion) is fouled in the box.
- Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Introduced by John Stones.
- Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Prepared by Bernardo Silva.
- Substitute, Brighton and Hove Albion. Red Cadre is replacing Leandro Trossard.
- Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) hits a free kick in the opposite half.
- Joel Weltman (Brighton & Hove Albion) is penalised after committing a foul.
- Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)’s left footed attempt from the left side of the box is blocked by a right footed shot from the left side. Sponsored by Kevin de Bruyn.
- Substitution, Manchester City. Raheem Sterling replaces Phil Foden.
- Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City) hits a free kick in the centre of the area.
- Solly March (Brighton & Hove Albion) is penalised after committing a foul.
- Offside, Brighton & Hove Albion. Joel Weltman plays a forward pass, but Dan Byrne is offside.
- Attempt blocked. Neil Mopay’s (Brighton & Hove Albion) shot from the left is blocked by the edge of the box. Sponsored by Leandro Trossard.
- Adam Webster (Brighton & Hove Albion) has been booked by the referee for a foul.
- Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) hits a free kick in the opposite half.