City display style to disarm Brighton at Amex Stadium

City delivered a spectacular performance as they beat Brighton 4-1 at Amex Stadium, placing second in the Premier League standings.

There was an exhibition of all the hallmarks of the Guardiola era, with intense dedication and tenacity coupled with an exceptional attack quality.

City were in full control in the first half with a goal from Ilkay Gundogan and two from Phil Foden.

A penalty from Alexis Mac Allister with ten minutes left closed the gap, but an expert shot from Riyad Mahrez in discount sealed the ninth win of our last twelve matches in all competitions (9W, 2E, 1D).


City got off to a strong start, and Joao Cancelo had the first shot on goal, stopping low to the left of Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez. Later, a superb punt by Lewis Dunk deprived Gabriel Jesus of finishing off a quick counterattack by City.

But shortly after, City were in the lead.

Sanchez let the ball pass from very close after Phil Foden’s shot was deflected into the air, Bernardo Silva shot at point-blank range and Ilkay Gundogan shot from very close. After a brief review of the VAR, the goal was confirmed.

It was Gundogan’s 13th goal in the Premier League in 2021. Only Mo Salah (16) and Harry Kane (15) have more.

It was a well-deserved reward for a good start to the game by City, who played with vigor and vitality.

Sanchez tried to repair the damage of his mistake in the play before the first goal by stopping immediate shots from Foden and Jesus, but a quick counterattack saw City double their score in a deserved way.

Marc Cucurella, one of Brighton’s most powerful attacking weapons, lost possession and City rushed. Gundogan’s diagonal pass freed Jack Grealish, who squared it off Foden, who shot from the center of the area to the right square.

City scored another just three minutes later, when Sanchez stopped Grealish, with a rebound that fell to Jesus, whose pass fell to Foden, who sent it inside.

3-0 in the first 30 minutes. It was City at its best, unbridled and fluid, and Brighton, a team that started the season exceptionally, were having a hard time following us.

But Brighton responded superbly after the break. Ederson saved shots at Pascal Groß and Leandro Trossard early in the second half, sending City over to defense to weather the storm.

And with ten minutes remaining, Brighton scored a well deserved goal. Ederson dropped Enock Mwepu in the box and substitute Alexis Mac Allister scored, despite the City goalkeeper touching the ball with both hands.

Foden came close to taking City’s fourth towards the end, but Sanchez made a great save with his right foot, before Mahrez put the icing on the cake with a ruthless shot about to finish.


The modus operandi of the City is to dominate possession and control the game. It has been the basis of our game in the five years that Pep Guardiola has been in charge.

But this is an inventive team, and we have many ways to win games – our deft counterattacks in the first half were the central theme of this great victory.

It must be said in favor of Brighton that they played very positively. When they attacked, they did so in great numbers.

But City’s hard work on the ball is a key to our game, and when we stole possession, we attacked quickly, with the cunning of Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva in midfield, and with Phil’s attacking pace and resolve. Foden up front, a terrifying proposition at halftime.

Brighton dominated the first 25 minutes of the second half, but again City showed their variety with good defensive moments, before keeping the ball for the last ten minutes, much to the frustration of the home team, confirming our victory.


What else can be said about Bernardo Silva?

He has been the best City player so far this season, an incredible compliment, considering the great level the team has consistently shown.

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And he did his best at the Amex. He works harder than everyone and has a lot of quality with the ball.

Quick feet, sharp passes, and a knack for getting into dangerous areas. You can’t beat him when he’s in that form.

Special mention also to Phil Foden. He’s climbing to the top echelons of the game, thanks to his cunning.


BRIGHTON: Sánchez, Cucurella, Dunk, Maupay (Mwepu, 58 ‘), Trossard, Gross (Mac Allister, 72’), Lallana, Moder, March, Burn (Lamptey, 58 ‘) and Veltman.

Dock: Steele, Webster, Connolly, Bissouma, Duffy y Richards.

CITY: Ederson, Walker, Rúben Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gündogan (Fernandinho, 75′), Bernardo, Grealish (De Bruyne, 77′), Jesus (Mahrez, 86′) and Foden.

Dock: Steffen, Stones, Aké, Zinchenko, Edozie y Palmer.


Kevin De Bruyne’s second-half appearance as a substitute was his 272nd game for City in all competitions, placing him in the top 50 of total player appearances for the club.


This victory sees City overtake Liverpool to take second place, two points ahead of the Reds. Jurgen Klopp’s men could be ahead of City again if they beat Manchester United tomorrow.

We now have 20 points from our first nine games, after dealing with a series of somewhat difficult away games. It is a good position.

Chelsea’s stinging 7-0 win against Norwich a few hours before our game keeps them at the top, two points ahead of us, with 22 out of 27 they could have.

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Our focus now shifts to the Carabao Cup, with a trip to London Stadium to face West Ham on Wednesday.

The game in London will kick off on Saturday 27 October at 7:45 PM UK time.

You can follow the comments of the match live through our official Twitter account in Spanish @ManCityES.

We are looking to win that competition for a fifth-successive season – and a seventh time in nine seasons.

Since a young City side last exited the competition at the hands of Manchester United in a 1-0 fourth-round encounter in October 2016 during the early part of Guardiola’s first season in charge, the Club have become a by-word for Carabao Cup success.

In the ensuing five years since that 1-0 Old Trafford loss, we have lost just once, winning 23 of 24 matches (four of which came after a penalty shootout), with our only setback being a 1-0 loss to United in a semi-final second leg two seasons ago.

The game at West Ham is followed by a Premier League game at the Etihad next Saturday. Crystal Palace are the visitors for another 15:00 kick off.

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