Manchester City produced a fantastic performance to beat Brighton 4-1 at the AMEX Stadium and move up in the Premier League table.
All the trademarks of Pep Guardiola’s tenure were on display, with intense ball work and resiliency paired with outstanding attacking quality.
First-half goals from Ilkay Gundogan and two from Phil Foden put City in total control.
A 4-1 finish seemed about right. City move on to the Carabao cup next.
Pep Guardiola Reaction
“Absolutely not,” he said when asked at his post-match press conference if our second half display was as a result of our exertions against Club Brugge in midweek.
“I will tell you the reason why we didn’t play well in half an hour of the second half. In this game, you have to have the ball. If you don’t have it, you suffer.
“Brighton know what to do. We suffered together and it is a good lesson for the future. It doesn’t matter what stadium, the only time you have success is to play with the ball - to have the ball.
“We gave the ball away and when the opponent is good, you suffer.”
“Some players play in one position, some play football,” Guardiola declared.
“The question is it doesn’t matter where he plays, he plays good. It doesn’t matter. What is important is to understand the game… sometimes we need him right, left. It doesn’t matter.
“Phil in dropped positions is maybe more dangerous because he is so young, but he has the quality to play in the final third.
“He can play striker, false nine, winger right and left. In the last games he has many chances and in front of keeper didn’t take right decisions because is young but I am more than pleased with the performances he has given.
“I like him as a player. He gives us things we need at a times. He has quality to play this role. At Anfield he played as a winger and was our important player.
Great performance and result at a tough place to go! Well done boys ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/DTf16X3agF— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish) October 23, 2021