Guardiola claims Brighton victory provided 'good lesson' for Man City

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 14, 2021

"We knew how tough it would be".

City had chances in the second half to stretch their lead with keeper Robert Sanchez and the woodwork coming to Brighton's rescue but the visitors finished strongly.

Guardiola's men remained comfortably on top in the second half and after Mahrez missed a one-on-one, Sanchez denied Gundogan and saw Silva's follow-up - which came after he sent the ball through Ben White's legs - crash back off the bar.

"We need to win these sort of games".

The boyhood City fan is desperate to play in every game and gives everything whether he's taking on title rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge or facing Championship outfit Birmingham in the FA Cup.

If there was a moment in this match where it was clear City had found themselves, it came a couple of minutes before Foden's first-half victor.

England worldwide Foden took his tally for the season to eight goals in all competitions at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, making him City's highest-scoring player in 2020-21.

He is a guy with a special instinct close to goal, not just with the left foot, but with the right foot.

The 20-year-old wriggled past two Brighton defenders and stroked the ball inside the near post from the edge of the box with his right foot.

Riyad Mahrez should have doubled the lead in the 58th minute, sending his left-footed shot wide after being put through.

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

Sanchez saved again from De Bruyne after City broke from one end of the field to the other in a flash following a Brighton corner and the hosts finally claimed a deserved lead a minute before the break.

Brighton engineered some promising situations but failed to properly test Ederson - they had just one shot on target in the whole match.

It was also the first time, this season or last, that City have won seven games in a row in all competitions, or gone eight without defeat in the league or 14 unbeaten in all competitions.

With Sergio Aguero's return frustratingly delayed by an enforced spell in quarantine and Gabriel Jesus on the bench as he recovers from his own Covid-19 scare, Guardiola again started without a centre-forward against Brighton.

Adam Webster was reduced to fouling Foden, as Brighton simply couldn't handle the England global until he was substituted for Raheem Sterling (who blazed a late penalty over the bar) towards the end of the game.

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