12th May, 2019
As Manchester City file out this afternoon for their last match of this season in the British Premier League, the team’s boss, Pep Guardiola is putting up a very calm face about it all.
Manchester City are of course on their way to securing back-to-back Premier League titles as they take on Brighton away from home this afternoon.
As it stands presently, the team holds a very crucial one point advantage over title rivals Liverpool as they try to make it four league crowns in the last eight seasons.
City are very much aware that a win at Brighton will be enough to win the league with 98 points, the second highest tally in history.
This would be the second trophy for the Blue side of Manchester on their way to a potential domestic treble, with the Carabao Cup already won and the FA Cup final still to come.
Team coach Guardiola will be playing his strongest team possible to try and secure the title with as little drama as possible.
He also will be hoping there would be no need to rely on centre-back Vincent Kompany to score from 30 yards to win them the game, like it happened against Leicester City.
Right below is how Manchester City could line-up against Brighton for the 3pm kick-off.
Manchester City got some good news ahead of the tie as it is reported that Kevin De Bruyne could feature following a recovery from a hamstring injury.
Even though he has missed City’s last three games, the midfielder has been involved in training this week.
The City boss, Guardiola told his pre-match press conference: “He has made part of the training sessions for the past two days. He could (play).”
Meanwhile, another injured player, Fernandinho is still out with a knee injury and is even doubtful for the FA Cup final next week.
As far as his own case is concerned, Guardiola said: “He is not available. I don’t know (about the FA Cup final) – but maybe.”
Then there is the case of Benjamin Mendy who is unlikely to feature as he suffered a setback in his comeback from a knee injury.
He has not played since starting in their Champions League defeat to Tottenham three weeks ago.