According to Pep Guardiola, Manchester City’s shock 3:2 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex is a wake-up call ahead of the Champions League final and is also a demonstration of how difficult it is to win the Premier League.
The Citizens, who face Chelsea in the final of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League on May 29 surrendered a 2 goal lead to lose 3:2 as almost 8,000 fans were treated to a deserved comeback and unforgettable Premier League experience.
Goals in the second half from Leandro Trossard, Adam Webster, and Dan Burn ensured that Brighton garnered all three points from the game.
Manchester City took a two-goal lead through Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden before the shock capitulation.
The Citizens are set to hoist the Premier League trophy after hosting Everton on Sunday on the final matchday of the season and Guardiola noted that the experience which would be unforgettable for a while shows that there is plenty of work ahead of arguably the biggest game in Manchester City’s history.
“Eleven against 11 against Brighton is tough, 11 against ten is difficult so we have to improve for the final,” said the Spaniard.
“Unfortunately after 2-0, we conceded a goal so quick and after they push a lot, we were more tired and could not keep the ball as much as possible, we could not do it and unfortunately we lost the game – congratulations Brighton.
“On Sunday, with our people, we are going to lift the trophy. And after we are going to go for the final of the Champions League.
“I am concerned because this is the final of the Champions League, because the opponent is so tough.
“I saw incredible things today in the pitch with 11 against ten for 80 minutes in the Premier League.
“We are fortunate to lift the (Premier League) trophy and we did it ourselves. Nobody gave us absolutely anything; nothing.
“That’s why I am so proud of the team; it means how difficult is the Premier League again, and now we’re going to prepare as best as possible for the final of the Champions League.”
City were heading to a 13th consecutive away win after Gundogan netted the opener for the visitors but the tide changed after Joao Cancelo was sent off for denying Danny Welbeck a goal-scoring opportunity.
Regardless, Foden doubled the lead with a brilliant solo effort only for an error by Rodri to allow Trossard to begin the comeback for Graham Potter’s men followed by goals from defenders Webster and Burn.