Brighton & Hove Albion contain Premier League Champions Manchester City to just two goals

Brighton & Hove Albion contain Premier League Champions Manchester City to just two goals

Media heap praise on slick Sterling

Pep Guardiola insists next weekends highly-anticipated clash with Liverpool will not affect the way he sees his Manchester City team.

The pair sit together at the top of the Premier League table on 19 points after City defeated Brighton 2-0 before Liverpool secured a late equaliser to draw with Chelsea and preserve their unbeaten record.

City strolled to the title last season, playing only for records over the final weeks of the season, but this campaign is shaping up differently, with Chelsea and especially Liverpool looking capable of providing a serious challenge.

Jurgen Klopps side were Guardiolas nemesis last season, winning three of the four meetings, including both legs in the Champions League quarter-finals.

“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.

City have not beaten the Reds at Anfield in any competition since May 2003 and have lost on their last six league visits.

“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.

Guardiola said: I believe too much in that team, in those guys. I know how they fight. Go to Anfield, win, lose, whatever. Its a long time ago Man City was able to win at Anfield. What I want to see is the team alive, and we are alive.

If they beat us three times, they are a good side. They lost the first game in the Carabao Cup (against Chelsea last week) but at Anfield they score a lot of goals, they dont concede.

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Now its Hoffenheim, and after that we are going to prepare, and after that were going to prepare for Burnley. At the end, were going to see what happened at the end of the 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. 

Tuesdays Champions League clash in Germany has been given added weight by Citys opening loss to Lyon, but their week began positively with a routine victory over Brighton.

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.

City enjoyed 80 per cent of possession and had seven times as many shots as the Seagulls, who only have five points to show from their first seven games but have impressed in a tricky early run of fixtures.

“If you’re going to win the Premier League this year, you’re going to have to finish above Liverpool,” said Graeme Souness, displaying a clear mastery of the art of football punditry. If you’re going to win the Premier League in any year, you’re going to actually have to finish above everyone, of course. You’re going to have to finish above Liverpool, above Arsenal, above Newcastle, above Southampton and, as diluted as the point soon becomes, above Cardiff and the rest of the English football pyramid.

Their only victory so far came against Manchester United, and boss Chris Hughton told Sky Sports: What we have to be is realistic, and certainly our supporters are.

Weve played seven games, four against the top six, two other games away from home, with one at Watford, who have started so well. When we are evaluating where we are at the moment, we have to take that into context.

Both goals were essentially the same: carbon copies of those City seem to score every week. For the first, Leroy Sane was played in on the left-hand side, his driven cross converted by Raheem Sterling from a couple of yards. The second saw Sterling turn provider, breaking down the left and returning Aguero’s pass onto the striker’s excellent run, with the 30-year-old tapping in from close range.

Having said that, we have the best chance of picking up the majority of our points outside the top six, and we have to do that.

Benjamin Mendy has further antagonised Pep Guardiola by turning up three hours late for treatment on his toe injury.

2:41 Pep Guardiola commented on the quality of this season's Premier League contenders, saying they have improved Pep Guardiola commented on the quality of this seasons Premier League contenders, saying they have improved Pep Guardiola insists the Premier League contenders are getting stronger as they look to rival Manchester City for the title.

Video: Sterling, Aguero combine for Man City goal

Guardiola criticised Mendy for spending too much time on social media at the start of the season and now the Manchester City manager has become even more dissatisfied with the France left back after he turned up late for a session with medical staff at the clubs training ground on Sunday.

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.

Mendy had spent the previous night in London watching Anthony Joshuas world heavyweight boxing title fight against Alexander Povetkin.

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.

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It is not the first time that Mendy has turned up late this season and Guardiola is not happy with the 24-year-old. The players should be here [on time] and he knows it. I spoke with…

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