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Manchester City Run Rough-shed over Brighton, 5-0: Reaction & Tweets

Pep and his men take Brighton to the cleaners.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester City - Premier League Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Raheem Sterling was in fantastic form as his hat-trick led City to thrash Brighton 5-0 on their ground.

City totally dominated from start to finish.

First half goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus put Pep Guardiola’s side on the easy street to three points, with Sterling and Bernardo adding further goals after the break.

Sterling completed his third hat-trick of the season with a peculiar header eight minutes from time.

The victory assured the second place finish in the Premier League.

On to the reaction-

Pep Guardiola Reaction

“He knows exactly what he has to do,” the boss said at his post-match press conference.

“He is a huge competitor. Self-confident, aggressive. He loves to score goals. We have wingers who score goals. This is so important.

“All the credit is for him,” Pep added.

“Not just for the three goals, but they are important for what we have ahead of us.

“For his development as a player, because he wants to improve. We are delighted with his performance today.”

However, he says his selection will not be influenced by the Wembley showdown with the Gunners three days later.

“No,” he said, when asked if it will affect his decision on Wednesday.

“We played one team against Newcastle, today another one. A new four or five or six players will play against Bournemouth.

“Against Arsenal I will select what is best for the team.”

Raheem Sterling Reaction

“It’s good to be back, being in lockdown that was the only thing I was thinking about; having that scoring feeling again and to start a good run!

“We’ve been a bit disappointed this season with some of the games we’ve had because we’ve had chances.

“(But) it was another game where we took them and when we take our chances we’re frightening.”

“That’s always something great to have in the team. You don’t want players to be comfortable, you want players on their toes,” he reflected.

“And that’s credit to the manager. He keeps everyone on their toes and players have to work for their position and work to have their place in the starting eleven.”

“That’s always been the mentality since we’ve got back,” he said.

“We know we have to get back up to scratch and get into form because we have an important run in to the end of the season and we know we’ve got some massive games coming up.

“We just need to continue, finish the Premier League strong and hopefully finish in a few more competitions.”

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