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Manchester City 3-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

By Steve SutcliffeBBC Sport
Yaya Toure Manchester City
Yaya Toure was making his 316th appearance for Manchester City after signing for the club in 2010

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is targeting 100 points after his team established a new top-flight points record with a 3-1 victory over Brighton at the Etihad Stadium.

In Yaya Toure's final game as a City player, goals from Danilo, Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho ensured Guardiola's team surpassed the 95-point tally set by Chelsea under Jose Mourinho in 2004-05.

"Ninety-seven points, a lot of goals, a lot of wins, that is a consequence of the season we have done," Guardiola said.

"We want 100 points to finish this almost perfect season in the Premier League."

Another Chelsea record - this time from 2009-10, during Carlo Ancelotti's tenure as manager - went when Silva stroked home City's second which brought up 104 league goals for the season.

Fittingly, City's latest accomplishments came against opponents who they began this record-breaking campaign against, on a sun-kissed evening on the South Coast last August.

On that occasion, Guardiola's side required help in the form of a Lewis Dunk own goal but City have required little assistance ever since and are threatening to add to a compendium of club and domestic records before the season is out.

The Premier League champions may yet conclude the campaign by becoming first team to reach 100 points in an English top-flight season if they win at Southampton on Sunday (15:00 BST).

It follows City signing-off at home by breaking the Premier League record for most wins in a season. Their 31 victories in 37 games passes the 30 registered by Chelsea last term and equals the all-time top-flight record set by Tottenham's double-winning team of 1960-61.

Man City 3-1 Brighton: Pep Guardiola says Man City have almost had the perfect season

However, Guardiola suggested his side need to win more trophies before comparisons can be drawn between his side and the great Liverpool teams of the 1980s or Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United sides.

"To be considered one of the best, you have to win more. To be alongside United in the 1990s or Liverpool in the 1980s you have to win more.

"I am not saying we are a legend team, I am not saying we are better than them. No, because you have to make more years to do that, but in one season we were better than all of them in the history of Premier League and the history of English football."

Out with the old in with the new

Much of the evening for those in sky blue was devoted to paying tribute to Toure in his final appearance for City at the Etihad, four days before his 35th birthday.

The midfielder's name was replaced with the word 'Legend' on the teamsheet and City supporters went through a repertoire of songs paying tribute to the Ivorian.

At full-time, his brother Kolo - who also played for City between 2009-2013 - emerged to the tune of 2 Unlimited's 1993 hit 'No Limit', to present his younger brother with a commemorative shirt.

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If Toure, who has collected seven trophies since being signed by Roberto Mancini in July 2010 represents the past, Leroy Sane, a Guardiola recruit, embodies the present.

Having arrived from Schalke for £46.5m in 2016, this has been the 22-year-old's breakthrough season in England and he was at his tricky best against the Seagulls - creating all three of City's goals.

His quick one-two and surge through midfield created the opener, a driving run down the left and back-post cross laid on the second and some quick thinking and a precise cut-back delivered the third.

Sane has now been directly involved in more league goals this season than any other German player in Europe's top five divisions - scoring 10 and providing 15 assists.

Tough night for Brighton

Man City 3-1 Brighton: Chris Hughton says it was a 'hard night' for the Seagulls

Even facing a City side that made eight changes to their last league outing, this was always going to be a tough assignment for Brighton.

Only Manchester United, Everton and Huddersfield had taken points from their visit to the Etihad this term while Chris Hughton's team hold the unwanted distinction of having the second worst away record in the Premier League, after relegated Stoke.

"They are, I think, the best footballing side that I have seen, certainly in the Premier League," Hughton said.

"They just have an abundance and a way of playing. The biggest asset of their game is their pace and intensity, and that is both ways.

"When you have gifted players they might not be so good without the ball but this is a team that when they lose possession, even the gifted players they have work hard to get the ball back."

Albion, who maintained their record of not being beaten by more than two goals on their travels, remained in the game until 18 minutes from time.

Though generally starved of possession, French winger Anthony Knockaert was a threat throughout and could have restored parity but it was always a case of their work being completed before this evening.

The Seagulls guaranteed their Premier League status with a win over Manchester United last week at the Amex, where seven wins and 29 points from their 19 games has proven enough to accomplish their primary aim.

Man of the match - Leroy Sane (Manchester City)

Leroy Sane
Leroy Sane created all three Manchester City goals delivering a superb example of wing-play

Toure captains City for first time since 2016 - the stats

  • Man City now hold the outright record for most goals in a single Premier League campaign (105) - overtaking Chelsea's total of 103 goals in the 2009-10 season.
  • Pep Guardiola's side have won 31 Premier League games this season - the most in single campaign in the competition. In fact, they've equalled the all-time English top-flight record for most wins in a single campaign (31, Tottenham in 1960-61).
  • City have won 97 points in 2017-18, the most by a Premier League team in a single season. Furthermore, City's 97 points is only bettered in the English top-flight by Liverpool's haul of 98 in 1978-79 (adjusting 3 pts for a win).
  • City have conceded in seven of their last eight Premier League home games against newly-promoted sides - only keeping a clean sheet against Huddersfield at the weekend.
  • In eight previous league visits to Man City, the Seagulls have failed to win any (D2 L6), although this was their first visit to the Etihad.
  • Leonardo Ulloa scored his first league goal for Brighton in 1467 days, last netting for the Seagulls against Nottingham Forest in May 2014.
  • Leroy Sane has been directly involved in more league goals this season than any other German player in Europe's big five divisions (10 goals, 15 assists).
  • Sane is the fourth player to have registered a hat-trick of assists in a Premier League match this season, and third for Man City (Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Henrikh Mkhitaryan).
  • Yaya Toure started a Premier League game as captain for Manchester City for the first time since April 2016 (vs Stoke).

What's next?

Manchester City travel to St Mary's to face Southampton in their final league game of the season on Sunday 13 May (kick-off 15:00 BST). Brighton head to Anfield to play Liverpool on the same day (15:00 BST).


Man City

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Bravo
  • 3Danilo
  • 4Kompany
  • 14Laporte
  • 35ZinchenkoSubstituted forMendyat 76'minutes
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 42Y TouréSubstituted forNmechaat 86'minutes
  • 8Gündogan
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 33Gabriel JesusSubstituted forDiazat 83'minutes
  • 19Sané


  • 17De Bruyne
  • 22Mendy
  • 24Tosin
  • 31Ederson
  • 43Nmecha
  • 47Foden
  • 55Diaz


Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Ryan
  • 2Bruno
  • 22DuffyBooked at 37mins
  • 5Dunk
  • 3Bong
  • 11Knockaert
  • 13GroßSubstituted forKayalat 73'minutes
  • 6Stephens
  • 24Pröpper
  • 19IzquierdoSubstituted forMarchat 79'minutes
  • 16UlloaSubstituted forLocadiaat 73'minutes


  • 7Kayal
  • 17Murray
  • 18Goldson
  • 20March
  • 21Schelotto
  • 25Locadia
  • 26Krul
Paul Tierney

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamBrighton
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester City 3, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester City 3, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City).

  5. Post update

    Davy Pröpper (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Brahim Diaz (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  8. Post update

    Danilo (Manchester City) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

  9. Post update

    Brahim Diaz (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Brahim Diaz (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Benjamin Mendy.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Lukas Nmecha replaces Yaya Touré.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Brahim Diaz replaces Gabriel Jesus.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jürgen Locadia (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Gaëtan Bong.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leroy Sané.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces José Izquierdo.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Benjamin Mendy replaces Oleksandr Zinchenko.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jürgen Locadia replaces Leonardo Ulloa.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Beram Kayal replaces Pascal Groß.


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