Phil Foden fired Manchester Metropolis into third place within the Premier League on Wednesday as Pep Guardiola’s males noticed off a feisty problem from Brighton to win 1-0. A lot of the current discuss has been a couple of potential duel between leaders Manchester United and champions Liverpool however Pep Guardiola’s males at the moment are proper within the combine. The 2018 and 2019 champions began the season sluggishly however have hit the accelerator in current weeks and at the moment are only one level behind Liverpool with a recreation in hand. Metropolis performed and not using a recognised striker towards Graham Potter’s Brighton however regardless of not being at their fluent finest in soggy Manchester, Foden’s first-half objective proved sufficient.
“We knew how powerful it will be,” Guardiola instructed the BBC. “Brighton had a superb mentality to play.
“We had a extremely good first half and had possibilities. After we missed a extremely clear probability within the second half they have been higher.
“We have to win these type of video games. It’s a good lesson for us. Each recreation shall be like this.”
The house aspect had a golden probability to take an early lead when the spectacular Kevin De Bruyne was put via by Ilkay Gundogan however goalkeeper Robert Sanchez blocked the Belgian’s right-footed shot.
Brighton’s Leandro Trossard had an opportunity to check the returning Ederson within the Metropolis objective however he bent his shot broad.
As Metropolis discovered their rhythm, Brighton defender Joel Veltman reacted effectively to clear and De Bruyne had one other probability 5 minutes from half-time after a swift break however his highly effective shot was effectively saved.
Metropolis’s strain lastly instructed within the forty fourth minute. Foden obtained the ball from De Bruyne on the left of the assault.
The 20-year-old wriggled previous two Brighton defenders and stroked the ball contained in the close to put up from the sting of the field together with his proper foot.
It was the England worldwide’s eighth objective of the season — he’s Metropolis’s top-scorer in all competitions.
Riyad Mahrez may have doubled Metropolis’s lead shortly earlier than the hour mark however despatched his left-footed shot broad after being put via.
Moments later Metropolis once more went shut once more. Gundogan pressured a superb save from Sanchez and the rebound fell to Bernardo Silva, who turned and thumped a shot towards the woodwork.
Brighton’s objective was main a charmed life and Sanchez denied Joao Cancelo and De Bruyne as the house aspect saved probing.
– Slender lead –
However Metropolis lacked the management that they had within the first interval and by no means regarded totally snug with such a slender lead.
Brighton engineered some promising conditions however did not correctly check Ederson — that they had only one shot on the right track in the entire match.
De Bruyne gained a late penalty after Sanchez introduced him down however substitute Raheem Sterling blazed his spot-kick over the bar.
Metropolis at the moment are unbeaten of their previous 14 video games in all competitions and have gained seven in a row.
Guardiola’s crew have largely dismissed the absences of a lot of gamers because of varied coronavirus points.
Sergio Aguero missed out once more as he continues his interval in self-isolation after being recognized as a detailed contact of somebody who examined optimistic for Covid-19.
However Ederson was again in objective following a spell on the sidelines after testing optimistic and Gabriel Jesus, who additionally contracted the virus, appeared as a second-half substitute.
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