Brighton beating Manchester City would be biggest shock of the week - Chris Hughton

Chris Hughton. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Chris Hughton. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Chris Hughton believes a victory for his Brighton & Hove Albion side against Manchester City on Sunday would top all of the other football shocks over the last week.

Liverpool fought back from 3-0 down to beat Barcelona 4-0 in the second leg of their Champions League tie to reach the final on Tuesday.

The following day Tottenham were 3-0 behind on aggregate to Ajax with just 45 minutes to go but hit back to win on away goals and reach the final.

Manchester City need to beat Brighton on Sunday to be crowned Premier League champions. If they fail to win, Liverpool will lift the title with victory at home to Wolves.

Asked if Brighton defeating Manchester City could be the biggest shock of the last week, Hughton said: "Yes, I don't think there are too many people who expect us to get a result.

"That's how football is and the levels of the two teams and what Manchester City have to what we have.

"There is no doubt we are going into this game with a better feeling than perhaps two weeks ago where it was a very difficult period and we hadn't secured Premier League status.

"We have now so that takes a little bit of pressure off the players. We showed that at Arsenal last week.

"We will definitely have to show that again to have any chance on Sunday."

On this season's title race between Manchester City and Liverpool, Hughton said: "I don't think you can split them. They've been so outstanding and unfortunately for one of them, they won't win the title.

"Whoever doesn't win the title will come second with an incredible amount of points.

"But it's an exciting end to the season and an exciting week with everything that's gone on.

"It speaks volumes of the quality of this division but also the outstanding quality both have shown.

"When one of them looked like they might slip up, they've always found a way to win a game or come back.

"Unfortunately one will miss out."


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