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Brighton and Hove Albion vs Manchester City at Amex Stadium

FT
Amex Stadium Referee : Michael Oliver
12th May 2019 3:00 PM (BST)
  • 1 Brighton and Hove Albion

    • ‘27' Glenn Murray
  • 4 Manchester City

    • ‘28' Sergio Agüero
    • ‘38' Aymeric Laporte
    • ‘63' Riyad Mahrez
    • ‘72' Ilkay Gündogan

#mancity

Commentary By Neil Leigh

23:16

Thank you and good night

Right. What. A. Day.

Thanks for your company - and if you have stayed the the entire day you deserve a medal!

It has been another momentous occasion as we secured back-to-back titles.

What say you join us again on Saturday as bid to sign off a special season with victory in the FA Cup final?

See you then .

22:57

All together now...

All the City backroom staff now joining Pep and the players on stage.

It just reinforces that this has been a real group effort.

22:56

Pep's prize guys

Pep: Back to back titles are beautiful. Congratulations to Liverpool but we did it, we beat them. Everybody  is here for these guys. They are incredible!

22:53

Bernardo's buzzing

Bernardo: "To be honest after the defeat at Newcastle it was very tough. But to win 14 games in a row is unbelievable and ow it's the time to celebrate. We are champions!!

Hopefully next season we can win the Champions League - we want that as well!

21:38

Winning habit

Manager Nick Cushing along with Demi Stokes and Caroline Weir from City's women's team are currently on stage at City Square reflecting on their own season to remember.

City won both the Continental Cup and the Women's FA Cup.

20:46

All about the numbers

19:55

From the man himself...

19:54

Meanwhile, it's carry on Yaya

Amongst all the excitement this afternoon one other nugget that emerged was the fact that reports of Yaya Toure's retirement proved to be a tad premature...
19:26

City's achievement in mind boggling perspective

19:20

Don't forget it ain't over yet!!

19:14

From one champ to another...

18:49

More from Raz...

"As a manager, he's got multiple players in each position challenging each other.

"No-one is comfortable here but everyone is ready to take their chance - like Riyad today. He's not played much recently but I knew he was going to score today.

"It's been a lovely season after a difficult World Cup. Hopefully I can go one better next year."

18:46

Raheem's pride

Raheem Sterling: "I'm just delighted, this is exactly what I came to the club for, to win trophies and be in these moments.

"The manager here, his mentality is the best. It's always about winning. It's the way he sets us up. I'm happy to be here learning and winning."

18:42

Serge says thanks!!

18:10

Picture perfect

Meanwhile the celebrations are still continuing out on the Amex Stadium pitch where Vinny is happily posing for pictures with the City fans.

What a man!

18:04

This charming Man...

Manuel Pellegrini: "Iโ€™m very happy for Man City. "Liverpool have been a great team but I think Man City deserved to win.

"Everyone knows how difficult it is to win back-to-back titles."

17:53

Pep - Such a special title win

Pep: Given what Liverpool did this season, this is most satisfying title win that I have been involved in by far. It was incredible and so tough."
17:51

Pep's reaction...

Pep: "It is incredible after winning 100 point last season. It was really difficult and but we have incredible  staff and incredible players. I am so proud of them all."

17:45

Pep's rocking!

Pep is given the celebratory bumps by the City players and staff.

What a moment for the boss as he soaks in another amazing achievement.

17:44

Vinny - This tops the lot

Vinny:  "This tops the other three (title wins). It was by far the hardest one and by far the most draining one to win.

"I'm so proud of all the players."

17:35

Just champion

Vinny is last man up. And what a reception as he lifts the trophy.

Manchester City - Premier League Champions 2018/19.

How good does that sound?

17:33
17:24

A league apart...

It's the first time we will have lifted the Premier League trophy outside the Etihad.

But it will be just as special as ever. T

The squad and staff are now making their way out onto the Amex Stadium pitch.

17:19

Silver dream machine

The Premier League trophy is being brought onto the pitch ready for the official presentation.

The sun is still beaming down and it's pretty as a picture.

Who could ask for more!

17:15

What a fight

You have to say fair play to Liverpool.

A 2-0 win against Wolves today left them with 97 points - but that was still only enough to finish second in the table.

That's the measure of this extraordinary City team.

17:03

Switch back

Seems an age ago now but was anyone else seriously worried when we went 1-0 down?!!!

Was only for 83 seconds but boy it was agony!!

17:00
16:59

Get the party started!

The party has well and truly started in the dressing room.

Wonderful scenes. Something the players and staff will never forget.

16:55

Leading man

Pep hugging all of his players and staff members.

The boss looks absolutely thrilled - and who can blame him?

An incredible achievement!!

Open
91'

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!

YESSSSS!!

City are champions and we have retained the Premier League title.

What an achievement, what a team, what a club..

Open
86'

Change

Another change for City.

Skipper Vincent Kompany is coming off and Otamendi and is replacing him.

Pep gives Vinny an absolute bear hug as he comes off

Open
84'

Change

Brighton's Pascal Gross departs on his last Premier League appearance. A rapturous reception for the retiring Brighton skipper. Martin Montoya replaces him.

81'

Almost five

City swarm forward again and Sergio is buffeted and barged in the box as he tries to get a shot away.

Brighton escape further punishment. Just

80'

Sunday best

This has been a sensational response from Pep's players.

Every time we have been asked a question we have answered in kind.

Never more so than today given what was at stake.

Quite brilliant.

78'

Update from Rob Pollard at the Amex

What can you say about that? A quite brilliant free-kick from Ilkay.

He deserves it; heโ€™s been sensational since the turn of the year.

Away fans are now in party mode! What a day so far!

63'

Update from Rob Pollard at the Amex

What a brilliant moment of individual brilliance from Mahrez. Shifted the ball onto his right foot and unleashed an unstoppable effort past Ryan.

The celebrations on the bench down in front of me said it all. Thatโ€™s a HUGE moment in our season. 

61'

Update from Rob Pollard at the Amex

City dominating possession in this half and have completely taken the sting out of Brighton.

Weโ€™re not creating enough clear-cut chances for me, but we are controlling things. 

Need another one. 

58'

Araghhh

Great move by City but Aguero can't properly connect with an inviting cross and then Gundogan's powerful follow-up shot is charged down.

Then David Silva almost jinks through but Brighton scramble the ball clear.

That's more like it, City.

55'

Just in time

Ederson has to be smart to come our and snuff out the danger from a teasing Bernardo cross as Murray waits.

Brighton having a decent spell just now.

51'

Assist king

HT

Another one please...

As mentioned by my colleague Rob Pollard, another goal for City would feel huge in the context of the title race.

Brighton though still remain a threat.

Plenty more nails to bite over the next hour or so!!

HT

Update from Rob Pollard at the Amex

Nerves were bound to play a part today, but our quick-fire double appears to have settled the players after a somewhat disjointed start. Weโ€™re moving the ball more fluidly again now and look generally sharper in the final third.

Brighton were sitting deeper as the half went on but they remain a threat from setpieces.

Desperately want another goal to settle my nerves. 

HT

Time for a breather

How's your heart rate Blues?

Mine's just about getting back to normal!

Halfway there but still an awful long way to go. Think I need a lie down!!

41'

Seconds out

My esteemed colleagues David Clayton tells me there were 83 seconds between Brighton's goal and our leveller.

It felt like forever. What a response though

41'

Update from Rob Pollard at the Amex

Pep has barely sat down. Heโ€™s pacing around in his technical area, pointing and directing his players at every turn.

He and Arteta seem particularly animated every time Brighton get a setpiece and an opportunity to launch a long, direct ball towards our box. Clearly thatโ€™s been identified as their strength.

City looking much more comfortable now.  

39'

Update from Rob Pollard at the Amex

Much-improved City since the equaliser and Laporte heads us in front.

Weโ€™ve been sharper and quicker to the ball in the last few minutes after what was a sluggish start.

City fans away top my right went absolutely ballistic when that one went in. Long way to go yet, though. 

36'

On the ball

Gundogan seeing plenty of the ball and a deft chip almost puts David Silva free on the right.

City's response to falling behind has been spot on.

29'

Update from Rob Pollard at the Amex

Magic touch from David Silva in the build up to the equaliser. Fine left-footed finish from Sergio. City fans immediately went crazy.

Hopefully that gives us a lift because we havenโ€™t been at our best by any stretch. 

20'

Time to respond

Now Ilkay Gundogan fires in a shot which is blocked before Brighton keeper Ryan fumbles in trying to clear a deflected Walker shot.

17'

Zinger...

More patient approach play from City and then Zinchencko whips in a dangerous curling cross but it evades his colleagues and goes out for a goal kick.

11'

Update from Rob Pollard at the Amex

Anyone who thought this would be easy will be revising that opinion.

Home fans are in fine voice and Brighton are playing a far more attacking style than weโ€™re used to. Pressure is off and so are the shackles.

Jahanbakhsh has just flashed one wide, the best effort of the game thus far. 

14:58

Update from Rob Pollard at the Amex

Here come the players. Big game for Mharez today, of course. He will be desperate to have an impact.

The bench looks good, too. If we need to change things, we certainly have options. De Bruyne and Sane are match-winners.

Come on, City!

14:54

Almost time..

Just over five minutes. Almost time to stop the talking.

We know what's at stake. A whole season comes down to this.

One last 90 minutes, one more win and the title stays at the Etihad.

14:47

More from Pep...

Pep: "Mahrez has quality personality and a lack of fear.

"And to score four goals in 10 minutes would be incredible but we don't know what is going to happen!

14:44

Pep's final pre-match thoughts

Pep: "One more game, we will try to do our best and the players will decide.

"Everyone knows what is at stake and we spoke about what we have to do.

"10 months on from the start of the season we try to win the title."

14:44

Update from Rob Pollard at the Amex

Great to see all the players here today, even those not involved in the matchday squad. Delph, Sandler, Foden, Poveda, Fernandinho, Bravo and Grimshaw all stood on the touchline watching on and encouraging the lads who are playing.

Itโ€™s that kind of togetherness that has got us into this position. 

14:32

Title permutations...

All sots of possible permutations today. Just for the record City WILL be champions if:

We win.

We draw (or lose by fewer than four goals) and Liverpool fail to win.


14:24

Update from Rob Pollard at the Amex

City players have emerged. Already plenty of fans in the away end to greet them loudly.

Beautiful day here on the south coast. Pitch and conditions superb โ€“ itโ€™s set up for a fantastic occasion. 

14:21

Update from Rob Pollard at the Amex

Muric and Ederson are out with Xabier Mancisidor. Weโ€™re still awaiting the outfield players.

Brighton have just emerged for their warm-up โ€“ and the home fans are shouting the name of Bruno, the 38-year-old long-serving captain of the side set to play his last game before retirement today. 

14:16

Changes...

While City make just the one change from the team which beat Leicester 1-0 on Monday, Brighton make two from the side that drew with Arsenal last week, with Beram Kayal in for Dale Stephens and Anthony Knockaert replacing Solly March.

14:09

Counting down time

Right, less than an hour to go and the nerves are really starting to kick in.

How are we holding up Blues?

Keep the faith - not too much longer to wait now.

14:05

Update from Rob Pollard at the Amex

Guardiola mobbed by the home fans as he comes out to the dugout area to soak up the atmosphere.

He often does this. Leaves his players in the dressing room alone for some time so they can prepare without him being there, before going back in after the warm ups to deliver his final instructions.

No hint of nerves from the manager, who says heโ€™s been โ€œsleeping like a little boyโ€ in the build up to this one.

Canโ€™t say the same for me!

13:58

Form guide...

While City have been on an incredible run of form,Brighton winless in eight league games (D3, L5), although they have only lost one of their previous four matches, conceding just three times.

13:49

Golden vision...

Sergio Aguero's tally of 31 goals in all competitions leaves him two shy of matching his highest total for City in a single season, set in 2016-17.

Be the perfect day for Kun grab a couple more... especially as he is currently also two behind in the race for the Golden Boot!

13:43

Glove story

It could be a big day for Ederson too.

Our Brazilian keeper is currently neck and neck with Liverpool's Allison in the race for the coveted Golden Glove award.

Going into today's last league fixtures, both have so far achieved 20 Premier League shut-outs.

13:33

Our lucky charm...

City have won all 21 of the Premier League matches in which Oleksandr Zinchenko has played.

Be nice to see him in the starting X1 this afternoon!!

13:28

Another mind boggling stat...

Pep Guardiola's side have claimed at least one league victory against every side we have faced for the second consecutive season; the only other team to achieve this in the English top flight were Preston, way back in 1888-89 and 1889-90.

13:17

All figured out...

A victory would see City become the first team to end a top-flight campaign with 14 consecutive victories, breaking Arsenal's record of 13 in 2001-02.

A 32nd win of the season would also equal the top-flight record for victories, set by City last season.

12:56

Two's company?

Also worth remembering that if we can get the result we all want this afternoon City would become the first club in a decade to successfully retain the Premier League trophy.

That would only serve to further illustrate the scale of the achievement of Pep Guardiola's remarkable squad.

12:47

Brighton boss Chris Hughton's pre-match thoughts...

"The message to my players on Sunday will be about the respect for this division.

"It's a home match for us which we want to win - it so happens there's big meaning.

"The top two can't be split - they've both been outstanding. One won't win the title, whoever doesn't will come second with an incredible amount of points."

12:43

Watching brief

Of course we will also be keeping a careful eye on proceedings at Anfield where Liverpool play host to Wolves. 

But, as Pep said in his pre-match press conference on Friday, the focus for City will purely be on our task in hand.

If we can take care of business the result over on Merseyside won't change anything.

12:33

Vision on!

It also promises to be a special afternoon at City Square where a sell-out crowd will be gather to watch a live screening of the game.

If you are going along don't forget your sunblock, it's a gorgeous day back in Manchester!

12:26

The numbers game

City have won our last four meetings with Brighton in all competitions, including two this season.

The Seagulls have lost all three of their Premier League games versus City by two-goal margins.

I'd settle for a similar scoreline this afternoon!

12:12

Pep looks ahead...

"It is better to focus on what we have to do. If we win we don't have to look at anything else.

"It's a dream to be here, I didn't expect it when we were seven points behind (Liverpool, at the start of 2019).

"We've shown many things. If we make it back to back it would be nice but nothing is going to change too much - the fact is we have done incredibly well all season."

12:08

That winning feeling...

By common consent it's been one of the most thrilling title races in years with City and Liverpool slugging it out and the stats make for astounding reading.

But ahead of this afternoon's finale at the Amex Stadium, it's worth noting that we've won 13 league games in a row.

A simply incredible achievement.

12:04

Good afternoon Blues...

How are the nerves holding up everyone?

No two ways about it. It's the last league game of the season and our biggest game of the campaign but the good news is that our fate is in our own hands.

The equation is simple. Win and we retain the Premier League title.

Stay with us as we're hopefully in for a memorable afternoon!

10:11

Southgate [on Sterling's form this season]

"Phenomenal really. For us he had a fantastic World Cup and, I think, he came back from the World Cup not feeling that was the case from some of the reaction.

"His response to that has been incredible. His form with his club over two years has been immense. Heโ€™s added the goals which was the only thing missing from his game with us as well.

"Heโ€™s been such an important player for us ever since Iโ€™ve been in the role and with any player that relationship can be a bit up and down because sometimes you have to take them off in games but heโ€™s been so tough through all of that.

"Heโ€™s such a well-respected member of the team, loved by all the players and the staff and heโ€™s growing in maturity all the time.

"To have fought off all the competition for places alone at his club is an achievement in itself so to do that youโ€™ve got to play at a really high level and heโ€™s found that real consistency all season."

10:10

Sterling

โ€œFitness doesnโ€™t really come into play in these last two games.

โ€œItโ€™s all about mentality and that winning spirit.

โ€œYou can do as much tactics as you want in the week and watch as many videos as you want but on a matchday that all goes out the window.

โ€œItโ€™s about how much you want it and how hard you are willing to fight until that last minute.โ€

10:07

Not too shabby

have claimed at least one league victory against every side we have faced for the second consecutive season; the only other team to achieve this in the English top flight are Preston in 1888-89 and 1889-90.

10:06

No pressure whatsoever...

A win will guarantee we win our fourth Premier League title, and sixth overall in the top flight.

City would be the first team retain the Premier League trophy since Manchester United 10 years ago.

10:05

Brighton manager Chris Hughton

"The message to my players on Sunday will be about the respect for this division.

"It's a home match for us which we want to win - it so happens there's big meaning.

"The top two can't be split - they've both been outstanding. One won't win the title, whoever doesn't will come second with an incredible amount of points."

10:04

Pep

"It is better to focus on what we have to do. If we win we don't have to look at anything else.

"It's a dream to be here, I didn't expect it when we were seven points behind [Liverpool, at the start of 2019].

"We've shown many things. If we make back to back it would be nice but nothing is going to change too much - the fact is we have done incredibly well all season."

Other games that day

  • Leicester City0
    Chelsea0
    FT
  • Fulham0
    Newcastle United4
    FT
  • Watford1
    West Ham United4
    FT
  • Tottenham Hotspur2
    Everton2
    FT
  • Burnley1
    Arsenal3
    FT
  • Manchester United0
    Cardiff City2
    FT
  • Southampton1
    Huddersfield Town1
    FT
  • Liverpool2
    Wolverhampton Wanderers0
    FT
  • Crystal Palace5
    Bournemouth3
    FT

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Liverpool 38 +67 97
3 Chelsea 38 +24 72
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 +28 71
5 Arsenal 38 +22 70
6 Manchester United 38 +11 66
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 +1 57
8 Everton 38 +8 54
9 Leicester City 38 +3 52
10 West Ham United 38 -3 52
11 Watford 38 -7 50
12 Crystal Palace 38 -2 49
13 Newcastle United 38 -6 45
14 Bournemouth 38 -14 45
15 Burnley 38 -23 40
16 Southampton 38 -20 39
17 Brighton and Hove Albion 38 -25 36
18 Cardiff City 38 -35 34
19 Fulham 38 -47 26
20 Huddersfield Town 38 -54 16
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