"Can we simply go on at 5pm?"Says Adam Jensen." I'm not sure how much more I can take this season! "
And he's a Bournemouth fan.
Half time: Brighton 1-2 Manchester City
Peep peep! The city is in the running for the title, but just right. Brighton was dangerous on the break and took the lead through Glenn Murray's header. Sergio Aguero equalized almost immediately, then Aymeric Laporte led the city in the lead. It was deliciously tense.
45 + 2 min: great effort from Dunk! Lewis Dunk hit a swinging corner, style David Luiz, which was shoveled on the roof of the net by Emerson. He was headed towards him, but the movement of the ball meant he slipped through his grip and, luckily for him, dripped onto the counter.
45 + 1 min Gundogan commits a foul on Bissouma 25 meters from the goal, just to the left of the center. This is an opportunity for Brighton.
45 minutes A lot of City ownership in the last minutes of the half, but nothing for Brighton / Liverpool to worry about. While c is just a goal, Pep Guardiola will not be able to sit still.
42 min Mahrez's shot from a narrow corner, which I believe was a wrong cross, is beaten by Ryan at the near post.
42 min Compulsory hourly clip for Liverpool fans.
41 min This is the best spell in the city, at a distance, and they have the ability to put Brighton far ahead of the interval. The low cross of the pound from the left of the area is kicked inside Bernardo's six-yard box.
39 min The City is now playing the formation we expected, with Sterling on the left, Mahrez on the right and Bernardo Silva in midfield. And soon, they look much better.
Such a simple goal. Mahrez backs out of the corner on the second pole, where Laporte loses Murray with surprising ease and plants a header down the corner from six meters.
OBJECTIVE! Brighton 1-2 Manchester City (Laporte 38)
Aymeric Laporte leads the city in the lead!
37 min: Ryan's good rescue! Murray's poor pass went directly to David Silva at the edge of D. He slid it to the right for Mahrez, who beat Bernardo with a phase pass and struck a shot from a narrow corner that was beaten by Murray. But from the corner …
36 minutes Brighton seems rather dangerous to counterattack, particularly Knockaert. He suffered a foul from Aguero just inside the middle of the city, which allows Brighton to run the big men. Gross's crossbar is dealt with by Duffy on the edge of the area, and his header slowly goes over the roof of the net. Ederson has you covered.
34 minutes Sterling and Mahrez traded positions, so Sterling is now on the left and Mahrez is playing as a right-wing midfielder.
32 minutes Brighton is desperately defending, as if survival depended on it. Bernardo Silva's deflected shot flies over the box before being kicked off by Bruno.
30 minutes: good save from Ryan! Another possibility for City, which has been much better since it went behind. Zinchenko's fast cross frees everyone in the middle and reaches Bernardo Silva beyond the second post. His curved header is too close to Ryan, who climbs up his line to save.
It was a clinical achievement. Laporte made a small pass in the area towards David Silva. He struck him with a classic gesture behind the defense for Aguero, who pushed him through Ryan's legs with his left foot. At the beginning it looked like it was offside; the replays showed that Bernardo was playing it.
OBJECTIVE! Brighton 1-1 Manchester City (Aguero 28)
Sergio Aguero draws immediately!
OMG. It was a superb corner of Gross, curled at a pace toward the first pole, where Murray was facing the Ederson binder to enter the two-meter net. He took a shot in the face from Ederson, about which he won't give a single thing.
26 minutes Brighton wins a corner on the left. They are always dangerous from set pieces, in particular with Duffy and Dunk …
24 min If this should go wrong, Pep Guardiola will be slaughtered for his tinkering, as he was when they lost against the Spurs in the Champions League quarter-final. Sometimes he can't help himself.
23 minutes David Silva makes a nice pass to the overlapping Mahrez, whose fierce cross is rejected by the diver Ryan. It was better from City.
21 minutes "Rob of the afternoon, and thanks to you and all the MBMers at the Guardian and on this side for another great season," says Simon McMahon. "May the best team win today blah blah blah. Now, imagine Cantona is Maradona in a round table that talks about the press. The pair of them would have made Pochettino's Wednesday night performance look decidedly stoic. "
Imagine them in Sunday Supplement, Diego coming down after a busy night. And yes, thanks to all of you for your company and e-mail throughout the season. It was digital
20 minutes Walker's deflected shot goes up in the air and is dropped by Ryan. Fortunately for him, and millions of Liverpool fans, he kindly falls to Gross.
19 minutes Sterling slips past Bernardo and really hits a cross that is rejected by Ryan. Then the 25-meter Gundogan shot is blocked by a long defender.
18 minutes Liverpool went ahead of the Wolves thanks to Sadio Mane. At present, I will not go online for the next month.
17 minutes In reality, City is playing the usual 4-1-2-3, but with Sterling as a slightly advanced central midfielder. It's a bit weird set-up, and so far it hasn't worked. I never really liked Mahrez on the left, or Sterling in the middle.
16 minutes "Rob, I'm fighting," says Matt Dony. "It's been a long season. I'm watching the Liverpool game (of course), and relying on yourself for updates on the other lot. When the city inevitably scores (probably through a screamer from Kyle Walker or other similar nonsense ), can you kindly tell me? Appreciated. "
Could I release the exclamation point? And capital letters? objective. brighton 0-1 manchester city, that kind of thing?
15 minutes Mahrez's 25-meter shot takes a detour and passes to Ryan.
12 minutes Sterling's cross touches the head of the Aguero jump on the six-yard line, allowing Bong to break free. The city did not start well, except for Bernardo Silva.
11 minutes I thought that Manchester City would have won this game comfortably. After the first 10 minutes, I'm not so sure. Brighton is really ready for this.
10 minutes Bernardo Silva started off excellently. He slides a crisp passage in Aguero on the edge of the area; Aguero takes the ball from his feet and slaps a blow that is blocked by Duffy (I think).
9 minutes Brighton seems rather dangerous to counterattack. Knockaert leads a delicious low pass through the field to Jahanabakhsh, who strikes with his right foot and crushes a swinging shot that flies just wide at the near post. He brushed off the side net and, if he had been on target, Emerson would not have arrived.
7 minutes Kyle Walker is whistled for every touch, presumably because of his contrasts with Alireza Jahanbakhsh in the FA Cup semi-final.
6 minutes The city would give so much for an initial goal. Most of their recent games have been 0-0 at half-time, which is not conducive to a resting heart rate for all City fans watching the game.
5 minutes Brighton wins the first corner. Halfway through the race is Knockaert, whose cross is a few meters wide from Murray. He was still offside.
4 minutes Bernardo Silva steals the ball from Bissouma and slalom through the defense, only to be crowded while he is about to shoot. At the beginning I thought it might be a foul, but the replays suggest that Bissouma recovered to cope well.
4 minutes Gundogan opens a shot from distance that is blocked on the edge of the area by Kayal. It's all city.
3 minutes There is not much to report so far. Brighton fans are ready for the game, so there's a crackling atmosphere.
2 minutes The city's tactics are not entirely as expected. They are playing a 4-2-3-1, with Bernardo Silva on the right, Mahrez on the left and Sterling behind Aguero.
1 minute Peep peep! Brighton starts from left to right. They are in white and blue stripes. The city is showing off their kit away. Inspired by a key moment in the Club's history, the 2018/19 kit features a dark blue shirt with blue and yellow stripes on the front and back, as well as dark blue shorts. Bright colored volt socks with a dark blue band around the shin complete a modern and fresh kit for the champions of the league.
Players emerge from the tunnel on a pleasant sunny afternoon in Brighton. It's time for business. If you don't believe in blogogamy, these are the links for you.
In an unrelated development, this film about the greatest GOAT of all time looks absolutely wonderful.
"Good day Rob," says Duncan Edwards. "Pep could have relaxed his team by taking them on the road to Eastbourne. It's a beautiful cliff-top memorial for the very young pilots who sacrificed their lives in Britain's battle. And they could have enjoyed a pint of beer in the village where Sherlock Holmes retired to keep the bees. Not even Holmes could deduce why Mahrez is present. Presumably it is to provide crosses for Aguero to have his head on haha. "
Has not been one bad. Has he? Pep (it's all right, we're friends) has been unhappy with Leroy Sane over the past few weeks, so I guess it's not so surprising he chose Mahrez. If Fernandinho and / or De Bruyne were ready to go, I'm sure they would be in midfield, with Bernardo Silva on the right.
"Thank you for discovering that jewel of Cantona from the vaults of French television, "says Charles Antaki." I rather think that it was not aired, or plane, here. It is incredibly unlikely that Kompany is so frank about what he would do to the backstory of journalists, or that he would argue that "unforgivable" was conceptually distinct from "indefensible" due in part to the fact that the Pope wears a Rolex. I think I had a satisfying afternoon entertainment, everywhere in football ".
The city could become the first team to keep the title from Manchester United a decade ago. If they manage to do it, they will be a game far from becoming the first English team to do internal triplets.
Here is Pep Guardiola "Another game. We will try to do our best and the players will decide what we deserve. We are here to try and win the title. [Why did you pick Riyad Mahrez, Pep?] Its quality, its personality, its lack of fear. We know that Brighton will defend in depth so we will need quality in small spaces, and he has this. I don't know, frankly, what will happen. "
"I expect my seagulls to go 2-0, then a Bruno hat-trick in the second half, "says Paul Thompson." Sorry, it's just the way things are done at the moment. "
"Rob of the afternoon" says Nick Parish. "The title race that reminds me of a bit is the run-in of 1996, when Manchester United put aside the victories by 9-0 and started winning 1-0 (Cantona, 76) "Apparently in every game. Is the city doing the same thing? Vincent Kompany is the new Cantona? I await his reinvention as a bated movie star."
I'd like to see him do something similar, perhaps at Question Time. Even Soccer AM would do, tbf.
Team news, presented in association with slight surprises
A somewhat funky selection from Pep Guardiola. He decided to start Riyad Mahrez, who was not seen on a football field for over a month. Phil Foden leaves the team and even the team, with Bernardo Silva returning to midfield. The city has a lot of insurance on the bench – Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne.
Brighton & Hove Albion (4-2-3-1) Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Kayal, Bissouma; Knockaert, Gross, Jahanbakhsh; Murray.
Substitutes: Button, Brucia, Bong, Montoya, Molumby, Locadia, Andone.
Manchester City (4-1-2-3) Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko; Gundogan; B Silva, D Silva; Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling.
Substitutes: Muric, Danilo, Stones, Otamendi, De Bruyne, Sane, Jesus.
Referee Michael Oliver.
The race for the Premier League title was a marathon is a sprint. Manchester City and Liverpool have been up and running since August, but only one of them sips the Fizz winners directly from the bottle when they cross the winning line just before 17:00. The other team, probably Liverpool, will feel a strange kind of disappointment. Unlike the texts by Freddie Mercury, there will be the time of the losers every time the story of the Premier League 2018-19 is told. Those who finish second will be indelibly associated with a race for the unique title, not the best in the history of English football, but certainly the most relentless.
If City retains the title by winning in Brighton today, it will be his 14th consecutive league win. Even taking into account the inequalities of modern football, it would be a stunning achievement. Pep Guardiola and his team had to go to places they didn't know existed, like the 1-0 win.
There have been five in the last 10 league games of the City – first, there were five in the first 103 league games of Pep at the club – plus another in the FA Cup semi-final. Nothing says mental strength like victory for 1 -0 at the end of a title race, and the city will be more proud if they claim the title with an unlikely tribute to George Graham's Arsenal rather than if he ran away with what they did last season. We hope that if they win the title today, Pep will reveal that his proudest possession is a specially made DVD with full coverage of the four Arsenal games in October 1993: 0-0, 0-0, 0- 0 and 0-0.
It is difficult to see the city not winning today, despite the inflexible quality of Brighton's defense. But they looked tired in the last few weeks, which is why they needed all those 1-0 wins. And football has gone damn late, so you never know.
What we can say, without the fear of contradicting the sentient, is that whoever wins the title will deserve the last drop of Wizz Fizz.
Kick start it's at 3pm.