Manager Pep Guardiola says Manchester City needs to progress to the Champions League final after Brighton returned to beat his 10-man squad at Amex Stadium.
New Premier League champions City will face Chelsea in a European match on May 29, blow a two-goal deficit in a thrilling 3-2 defeat. On the south coast of England, they were playing in front of 7,495 fans.
Ilkay Gundogan silenced the fans by opening the game in the second minute. But City was the man after nine minutes when Joao Cancelo was sentenced. To bring down Danny Welbeck, who was a full-back.
Phil Foden‘s hard work alone put the visitors 2-0. But Leandro Trossard gave Brighton hope of finishing close range. And the home side put a lot of pressure on the champion’s goal.
Adam Webster weighed in, climbed up the box to take home Pascal Gross’s delivery. And, with 14 minutes left, Dan Burn sent fans to the finish line with the winner. Following his blocked shot to direct back to the corner of the net.
“It’s 11against 11 difficult against Brighton, 11 against ten is tough, so we have to improve the final,” said Guardiola.
“Unfortunately, after 0-2, we conceded a goal very quickly, and after a lot of pushing, we were exhausted. And we couldn’t keep the ball as fast as we could. We couldn’t do it, and unfortunately, we had lost the game.
“On Sunday, with our people, we will surely lift the Premier League trophy. And after going to the Champions League final.
“I’m a little worried because this is a Champions League final and because the opponent is adamant.”
City also lost Gundogan due to injury in the second half. But Guardiola gave good news about the midfielder after the game.
“We’ll look into it tomorrow,” said the German manager, who has scored his 17th goal of the season.
“The doctor is optimistic. The problem is kicking, and he was running in the second half with a concussion, and I didn’t want to risk it.”
Brighton offers their fans something to enjoy
Brighton was already safe from relegation. But have now moved on to 41 points and 15th in the Premier League table. They also won for the first time in City since April 1989.
The game was a perfect way for Albion to sign his home season, working in some way with an artificial 81-minute lead. And entirely in line with the excellent behavior of manager Graham Potter.
After Foden added to Gundogan’s opener early in the second half, it looked as if Brighton were heading. Into a frustrating defeat that seemed to be missed.
Welbeck struck Ederson in the side, and before Pascal Gross fired a shot after pulling back.
But their response to Foden’s goal was timely and essential, with Transard finally gaining patience, skill. And efficiency to escape a series of challenges in the box and fire inside.
The crowd was raised, giving the fullness of the belief to the local players, who rode to victory.
During the ongoing pressure, the good Ben White saw two long-running attempts to stop him.
As Webster hit his head before Burn home hit the second attempt, they shouldn’t have been rejected. They were picking the best moment to score his first-team goal.
Full-time joy represented a whole house of more than just under 7,500 people. And it spoke of the combined recognition of a job well done, and the joy of what live football can offer.
“It was a heartbreaking experience on the pitch. And I thought the players played well as the crowds enjoyed it.” Said Potter. “The fans were great, and it was a good game.
“We got benefited when they went down to 10 men early. But we still had to play well with the personality we were developing.
“We have been developed, and we have a small team that will be able to get better and better.
“I’m pleased with the players. They’ve had a tough year. They’ve stuck with it. And it’s fun to enjoy a good win with our fans and get 41 points.”
Tired Man City suffers from red early on.
After wrapping up their seventh English Premier League title and third under Guardiola, City’s focus is now on that European final against Chelsea in Porto.
The City has conceded six goals in two games. But it would be easy to suggest that they have turned a blind eye to domestic issues.
The game had one fundamental condition in Cancelo’s dismissal, leaving his teammates to continue without much of the game.
At the end of the season, it is having been heavily contested with a team that has been promoted. To the home support for the first time in five months.
They almost pulled it out again, and it is possible they would have done it if they had held on for a while. Before Brighton’s first approval. However, when the tide turned, there was much evidence.
There should be a special mention of Foden’s goal. A strong run, followed by an excellent finish in the far corner. Which only made him emphasize how big he could be in England this summer.
The defeat closes the record for 12 consecutive league tournaments. And 23 unbeaten games that run away from home in all competitions.
Now they will have the opportunity to play in front of the local fans when Everton visits the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
All attention is shifted to Porto’s Estadio do Dragao and the opportunity to earn European fame.