Manchester City returned to the top of the table as they produced one of the comfortable football results of the weekend in the Premier League. Liverpool beat arch-rivals Manchester United the previous day to leapfrog Manchester City. Riyadh Mahrez opened the scoring in the 53rd minute before Phil Foden doubled their advantage in the 65th minute. Bernardo Silva sealed the three points in the 82nd minute. City leads Liverpool by a solitary point with both teams having six games left of the season.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: “It was an incredibly good result against a team that beat Arsenal and Tottenham away. We didn’t concede a lot and we were incredibly aggressive. We showed ourselves that we are a decent team when we do what we have to do. If we drop just two points Liverpool will be champions. And if we win all our games we will be champions. There are really tough fixtures ahead of us. When he [De Bruyne] is mentally ready and fit he is a player who is incredibly special. It was an incredible performance. Some people aren’t pleased when we lose but I am always pleased with my players. We have had six years together and the last five have been outstanding. Sometimes we can win, we can lose, but we give everything.”
Brighton head coach Graham Potter: “We defended really well but we didn’t play as well as I think we can. Credit the opponent but we didn’t hold possession well enough. We didn’t manage to maintain any attacks or create any pressure. In the end, the quality of the opponent means you are going to concede. I can’t fault my players but the better team won, clearly. There is no shame in that. We have to learn from it.”
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