Brighton – Manchester City: Early Scare Cannot Hold City Off Premier League Title (1-4)
Brighton were no match for Manchester City, who crowned themselves Premier League champions for the second season running. This game served as a prime example of how we will remember most of the domestic matches by Guardiola’s City: demolishing an opponent that sits back in a low block with positional play, quick combinations and dribbles in the final third.
Tactical analysis and match report by Erik Elias.
The last match that Brighton won in the Premier League came in early March. Going into this game, they had scored only two goals in their last seven outings. Having already secured another season of top-flight football - thus having nothing left to play for - they genuinely looked like cannon fodder for a hungry Manchester City team side in need of one more win to secure the Premier League title.
Football is a funny sport however, and Manchester City have some firsthand experience with games like these getting out of hand. Remember Kun Agüero’s legendary injury time goal against Queens Park Rangers? Right. Not to mention what an early Liverpool goal in the simultaneous fixture at Anfield might do to their composure and calmness.
As he has done for most of the season, Brighton manager Chris Hughton lined his team up in a 4-3-3 formation, even though most of the time, his team was defending in a 4-1-4-1 or 4-5-1 shape. Single pivot Teams vary in the number of midfielders they place in defensive positions during buildup. In systems like a 4 . . .