Premier league champions Manchester City took another step closer to being the first top flight team to secure a 100 points in a season after their 3-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion at the Etihad Stadium last night.
The result took them to 97 points, surpassing the pervious best of 95 set by Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea team in 2004-05, while the result also helped Pep Guardiola’s side pass the goals in a season record. The previous record of 103, again held by Chelsea but this time from Carlo Ancelotti’s tenure back in 2009-10 went when City scored their second goal of the night just before the half time break.
Danilo opened the scoring of the home side just after 15 minutes collecting Leroy Sane’s excellent ball before curling the ball past Mat Ryan in the Brighton Net. The lead didn’t last long through as Brighton levelled minutes later, City keeper Claudio Bravo rushing off his line, only to make a hash of the clearance, before Propper picks out Leonardo Ulloa who heads the ball into an empty net making it 1-1.
It stayed that way until shortly before the break when City set the new premier league record in style, as Cities star man Leroy Sane again turns provider, this time finding space on the Left before sending an inch perfect pass to Bernardo Silva at the back post, for the midfielder to fire his low shot past Ryan at the near post.
Despite Sane having a field day down the left side, it was Brighton who came closest to opening the second half scoring and should have gone level on the hour mark. Claudio Bravo, who was not having his best game for City, dropped Izquierdo’s limp effort and the free for all to clear the ball it falls at the feet of Knockaert in the six yard box. All the Frenchman had to do was tap the ball into the open net, but somehow managed to send the ball over the crossbar.
That was Brighton’s best chance and when Gundogan took a quick corner, he found Sane again who made it a hat trick of assists with his ball to Fernandinho on the edge of the box who dispatched a rocket that gave Matt Ryan no chance of stopping to make it 3-1.
City could have made it four as they tried to get departing star Yaya Toure on the score sheet in his last game for the club at the Eithad, the Ivorian international playing a neat one two with Sane, only to send his shot straight at the keeper.
Next up for City is Southampton away on Sunday as they looking for the magical 100 league points, while Brighton have already confirmed they will be playing Premier League next season end their campaign against Liverpool at Anfield.