For this 18th day of the Premier League, Manchester City welcomed Brighton, 17th in the championship. The Citizens hoped to take the three points to get a little closer to the first place held by United. For this match, Pep Guardiola lined up his usual 4-3-3 without a real striker, with an attacking trio Mahrez, Bernardo and Foden. For his part, Graham Potter had decided to set up a defense at 5 not to take water at the Etihad Stadium.
In the first half, although largely dominated, Brighton was able to hold his defense preventing the talent of Foden, Mahrez and others to express themselves. But by dint of conceding opportunities without really leaving his camp, the Blue and White conceded the opener. Phil Foden with a precise shot gave City the advantage (1-0, 44 ‘). The second half, in a false rhythm, did not give much more spectacle. Bernardo did not go far from his first goal in the league with a magnificent chain of small points, hit the post (58th). The score could have been heavier without the good interventions of Robert Sanchez. Raheem Sterling even missed a penalty late in the game. In the standings, Manchester City is third one point behind Liverpool. Brighton remains 17th just three points behind the first relegation.
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