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Graham Potter pinpoints why Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are back to their best

Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Burnley

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Manchester City are set to face Brighton in their Premier League clash and ahead of the game, Brighton’s manager Graham Potter was full of praise for the Citizens.

“They’re in a really good moment,” Potter said. “The Chelsea game, in particular, was one of the best games I have seen from a performance perspective, they were fantastic.

“They have been solid, they don’t concede much, defensively they are very sound and the fluidity that you associate with them has been getting better and better as you’d expect, they’re a top team.”

Brighton have lost all six of their league encounters with Pep Guardiola’s side since winning promotion back to the top flight in 2017, beaten 4-0 and 5-0 last season.

“We feel that we have improved, certainly performance-wise, results-wise we haven’t,” Potter said. “That’s the challenge for us, we have to improve that. Performance-wise we have got better, funnily enough the game at the Etihad last season we were quite satisfied with, even though the scoreline was 4-0.

“It’s a fantastic challenge, they’re one of the best teams in European football. What better way than to play against that sort of opposition?”

Potter admires City’s work ethic as much as their individual talent.

“They have lots of top individuals, but collectively they’re an amazing outfit, all credit to Pep and his staff for that,” he said. “They’ve not just got the talent, the tactical flexibility, just the attacking football, there’s an attitude to run, to fight, to work hard, there’s a humility about the team.

“They go about their work in an amazing way, they’re worthy Premier League champions for two of the last three years, they’re a fantastic team.”

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