Date: 10th May 2018 at 8:23am
Written by:
Manchester City
3 – 1
Brighton & Hove Albion

Etihad Stadium

Premier League

9/05/2018 8:00 pm

Attendance: 54013

Referee: Paul Tierney

Manchester CityBrighton & Hove Albion
Danilo 16, Bernardo 34, Fernandinho 72Ulloa 20
Claudio BravoMathew Ryan
DaniloBruno
Vincent KompanyShane Duffy
 
Aymeric LaporteLewis Dunk
Alexander Zinchenko76Gaëtan Bong
FernandinhoAnthony Knockaert
Yaya Touré86Davy Propper
IIkay GündoganDale Stephens
Bernardo SilvaJosé Izquierdo79
Gabriel Jesus83Pascal Groß73
Leroy SanéLeonardo Ulloa73

Substitutes

EdersonBeram Kayal73
Kevin De BruyneGlenn Murray
Benjamin Mendy76Connor Goldson
Oluwatosin AdarabioyoSolly March79
Lukas Nmecha86Ezequiel Schelotto
Phil FodenJürgen Locadia73
Brahim Diaz83Tim Krul

Game Statistics

19Goal attempts6
7On Target3
4Corners3
5Fouls7
0Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
74%26

Manchester City FC gave club legend, Yaya Toure a tremendous send-off at the Etihad last night following the veteran’s final home performance.

We will miss you Yaya!

Records broken!

31 wins – the most by any team in a single EPL season.

97 points – the most points earned by any team in a single Premier League season.

105 goals – the most scored by any team in a single Premier League season.

Player ratings

Claudio Bravo – 3

Pep must have been disappointed, even frustrated with Bravo’s overall performance. I mean, what was he doing stranding himself well away from his goal-line only to be left wondering why Brighton was able to equalize with ease. Perhaps its time to consider promoting Angus Gunn as the clubs number two and shipping Claudio out. Just saying!

Danilo – 8

In my eyes, this was his best performance of the season. He was bright, sharp and on the button with an excellent finish to open City’s account. Late on smashed Brighton’s crossbar with a superb free kick.

Vincent Kompany – 6

Not at his best but then again he didn’t need to do a great deal. Being super critical, he could have done better to prevent Ulloa’s goal.

Aymeric Laporte – 7

Passing was crisp and for the most part, in control of Brighton’s infrequent attacks.

Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6.5

Comfortable on the ball with one or two delightful passes. I sometimes expect too much from the youngster and must remember, Pep plays him out of position. I think he’ll blossom into something extraordinary next season.

Yaya Toure – 8

I should give him 10/10, but that would be unfair to his teammates. Pity he couldn’t score but came close. A fitting performance to end his eight-year City stay. Thanks for the memories Yaya.

Fernandinho – 8

Spanked in a lovely goal to seal City’s win. Bossed the midfield but then again, when doesn’t he?

Ilkay Gundogan – 7

Average game by his standards, nevertheless his presence constantly irritated Brighton. Next season may well define his City career.

 Bernardo Silva – 7.5

Netted City’s second by smashing the ball passed Mathew Ryan. Lovely one-touch football. Just a shame he faded towards the end.

Gabriel Jesus – 5

Tactically, frozen out and struggled to influence. Not his night I’m afraid.

Leroy Sane – 10

He was that dynamic he was almost able to ‘walk on water.’ Involved and assisted in City’s three goals. He was as sharp as a blade, teasing the opposition as if they were a mere play-thing. Sublime crosses, sublime passing and quicker than a jack-rabbit gliding down the wing. MOTM.

Subs

Benjamin Mendy – 6

Replaced Zinchenko (75). Eased into the remaining 15 minutes as if he had played from the start.

Brahim Diaz – 5

Came on for Gabriel – 83. A couple of runs into the penalty area then gave the ball away too cheaply.

Lukas Nmecha

Only had four minutes plus injury time having come on for Yaya – 86.

Pep Guardiola:

“We cannot deny, we are so proud [of the records]. I am not saying we are the best [PL side], but we did the best season ever. Nobody scored more goals, more points. Now it’s 97 so if someone wants to beat that record they have to be good and win a lot of games. Today is a special day.”

Chris Hughton:

“We stuck in there, it was a hard night, as it is for most teams that come here. What they showed was their quality in the final third. It’s very difficult to deal with that; you’ve got to get so many things right on the night. We got a lot right, but they pose such a good threat.”

The final game of the season

Away at Southampton – Sunday 13, May 2018. Kick off 3 pm BST.

 

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