Manchester City 1-0 Brighton: Post-match Analysis

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Manchester City won at home against Brighton & Hove Albion by 1-0 in Premier League at Etihad Stadium. The only goal came from Phil Foden in the first half.

Manchester City now unbeaten in their last 14 games in all competitions and they have lost only one game out of 14 in Premier League.

Phil Foden scored the goal with his right foot right on half time from a good Kevin De Bruyne pass. But substitute Raheem Starling missed a penalty right at the death but thankfully it didn’t cost them.

City now move up to the third position with 32 points in 16 games 4 points behind league leader city rival Manchester United with one game in hand. Brighton remain in the 17th position with 14 points in 18 games.

Manchester City 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion team news:

Manchester City went with the same false nine formation which gave them success in recent times. Kevin De Bruyne was the false nine.

Pep Guardiola chose this season’s preferred centre-back pairing John Stones and Ruben Dias. Ederson came back to the side after missing the last few games due to the Covid-19 positive report.

Brighton coach Graham Potter went with his preferred 3-4-3 formation and Leandro Trossard led the line for the Seagulls.

Manchester City 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion post-match analysis:

Manchester City on Wednesday were at their slick best with Kevin De Bruyne once again pulling the strings for the Citizens.

De Bruyne teed up Riyad Mahrez for a far-post volley but Mahrez failed to make proper contact and he forced a great save by Brighton keeper Sanchez after a lightning break.

Brighton looked comfortable and tidy in possession which is not an easy task against City and solid at the back, they were close to reaching the interval on level terms but they were undone by a superb City goal.

De Bruyne slipped a pass to Foden whose first touch left two defenders for dead before the England international dispatched a slide rule low shot inside the post of his wrong foot and beyond the dive of Sanchez but the keeper’s positioning was questionable.

Manchester City turned the screws after the break and Mahrez again wasted a good opportunity, shooting wide after going clear.

Brighton keeper Sanchez made a superb stop from Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva fired a shot against the goal frame.

Seagulls put the City defence in threat in the later stage of the game but they could not capitalise the pressure and City defence dealt with the pressure.

At the end Sanchez fouled De Bruyne it allowed Sterling to boost his tally of four league goals this season but his kick went way over the crossbar.

Notable performances:

Phil Foden(LW) – (7.5/10)(Manchester City): Scored the opener brilliantly in the near post and also overall he did excellently.

Kevin De Bruyne(CAM) – (7.5/10)(Manchester City): Played superbly and also assisted the Foden goal. But in the end, he looked tired.

Raheem Sterling(LW) – (5/10)(Manchester City): Came on 82nd minute of the game but missed the penalty to score the second goal.

Manchester City will play at home next to Crystal Palace in Premier League on 17th January and Brighton will play next away to Leeds United on 16th January.

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