Guardiola expects Brighton to prove tricky opposition

Pep Guardiola. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Pep Guardiola. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is not expecting an easy ride when his side travel to Brighton & Hove Albion tomorrow.

City will be crowned Premier League champions for the second successive season if they win at the Amex, which would be a 14th consecutive league victory.

Brighton produced one of their best performances of the season on Sunday when, already safe from relegation, they drew 1-1 at Arsenal.

Asked if Brighton will play a more open game against City now they are safe from relegation, Guardiola said: "I don’t know. We talk about the two options. If they play like the way they play using set-pieces and counter-attacks with their quality players, they are so good but maybe at home the last game they decide to go forward more.

"We will talk about what we can expect and how we handle both situations."

Liverpool will lift the title if they beat Wolves and City fail to beat Brighton and asked if what's going on at Anfield will affect his side, Guardiola said: "Honestly I don’t know.

"It will be nice if we score first but we analyse Brighton and know how well they defend.

"Tottenham won in the last minute with a fantastic goal, Arsenal drew when they won 4-2 at Valencia. I know it is always difficult . Just focus on the game we have to play."

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