Albion contain City to just two

Albion contain City to just two

Manchester City 2 Brighton 0: Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling goals down Seagulls

Pep Guardiola reserved special “credit” for the way his side attacked and was “very happy” to see Raheem Sterling score in Manchester City’s 2-0 victory over Brighton.

Sterling slid home a cross from Leroy Sane on 29 minutes before Sergio Aguero exchanged passes with Sterling to add a second on 65 minutes.

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“We were outstanding,” Guardiola told BBC Sport. “Our positional game was fantastic and we didn’t concede much in shots and we did it so good.

City maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a comfortable 2-0 win over Brighton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero.

“Brighton defended so well and I give a lot of credit to the way we attacked today. We are so fast on the counter-attack and it was quite similar last season.”

Sitting on the same number of points as at this stage last season, Guardiola is pleased with Citys start, but notes their rivals have notably improved.

When asked about the quality of Raheem Sterling and his young midfield, Guardiola added: “We cannot forget they are still young players and they always need to improve. Raheem is always a guy who wants to score and create chances so we are very happy for him and the team.”

City travel to Germany to face Hoffenheim in the Champions League on Tuesday and Guardiola continued: “We are the same team as we are last season but of course we can still lose games, we can still not qualify for the Champions League but nobody can say we are not professional.”

A bullish Pep Guardiola is confident his Manchester City team will hit last seasons title-winning heights as they embark on their biggest week of the current campaign against Hoffenheim and Liverpool.

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Manchester City have picked up 19 points from a possible 21 – matching the start from their dominant Premier League triumph last season.

City travel to Germany for Tuesday nights Champions League tie needing to make amends for their defeat against Lyon in the opening round of European fixtures. 

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With our spirit, the way we play, I believe so much in our guys. I know everybody and how they fight even though its a long time since we won at Anfield.

Goals from Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero saw the champions to a 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, taking their points haul to 19 from a possible 21 this season.

That matches the start City made en route to a record-breaking title triumph last time around and Guardiola likes what he is seeing ahead of a pivotal week.

Hughton said: “The first goal can happen. Im really disappointed with the second goal. I thought we could have stopped it at source and at 1-0 you never know what can happen.

A trip to Hoffenheim following their surprise opening loss to Lyon in the Champions League precedes next weekends visit to title rivals Liverpool.

The lethal Argentinian striker had been kept quiet until starting from the halfway line and finishing the move for the champions second goal in their comfortable 2-0 victory.

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Asked for his assessment of Citys performance by BBC Match of the Day, Guardiola replied: “Outstanding. We cannot forget against which team we played. They beat [Manchester] United and at Anfield they made a good performance. They are so solid.

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Albion boss Chris Hughton rued the goal by Sergio Aguero which killed off Albion against Manchester City at the Etihad today.

“The important thing is what we have done after seven games. We are the same team we were last season. No complacency and everybody fights. The intensity we play without the ball, that is the most important thing.

City travel to Germany to face Hoffenheim in the Champions League on Tuesday and Guardiola continued: “We are the same team as we are last season but of course we can still lose games, we can still not qualify for the Champions League but nobody can say we are not professional.”

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“Of course we can lose games, of course we might not reach the next round of the Champions League. But no one can say we do not respect our profession and our fans.

When asked about the quality of Raheem Sterling and his young midfield, Guardiola added: “We cannot forget they are still young players and they always need to improve. Raheem is always a guy who wants to score and create chances so we are very happy for him and the team.”

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Every time we lost the ball, we recovered and attacked with players at the edge of their penalty box. That is a dream for us.

Pep Guardiola reserved special “credit” for the way his side attacked and was “very happy” to see Raheem Sterling score in Manchester City’s 2-0 victory over Brighton.

Leroy Sanes livewire pace was to the fore on Sterlings counter-attacking opening goal in the 29th minute and both wingers earned praise from their manager.

“Brighton defended so well and I give a lot of credit to the way we attacked today. We are so fast on the counter-attack and it was quite similar last season.”

“There are situations like on the first and second goal when the opponents go forward. With Rash and Leroy on the counter-attack, they are so fast. We also miss Kevin De Bruyne in those situations,” Guardiola explained.

“We were outstanding,” Guardiola told BBC Sport. “Our positional game was fantastic and we didn’t concede much in shots and we did it so good.

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“We cannot forget they are so young. As much as they play and try to correct what they have done which is not good, they will improve.

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“Raheem Sterling is a guy who likes to be in the box to score goals and create chances. We are happy with both their performances.”

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Brighton manager Chris Hughton was satisfied with his players efforts and felt the visitors should have been awarded a penalty during the closing stages, when Fernandinho misjudged a headed clearance from a corner and the ball struck his arm.

“Any frustration I have is [because] we had a penalty given against us in our last game, which was handball. When you come here you need as much going for you as you can get. Definitely a penalty for me.”

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