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Manchester City have since been confirmed as Premier League champions, but it didn’t bode well for them in their penultimate game of the season as they were beaten by a determined Brighton side.
City were 2-0 up early in the second half against the Seagulls, but the game took a different turn shortly after their second goal.
Joao Cancelo had gotten a red card early in the first half, but it was until after City’s second goal that the game took a different turn, with the Seagulls using their one man advantage to come from behind and beat Manchester City 3-2.
“Eleven against 11 against Brighton is tough, 11 against 10 is difficult so we have to improve for the final,” said Guardiola.
“Unfortunately after 0-2, we conceded a goal so quick and after they push a lot, we were more tired and could not keep the ball as much as possible – we could not do it and unfortunately we lost the game.
“On Sunday, with our people, we are going to lift the [Premier League] trophy. And after we are going to go for the final of the Champions League.
“I am concerned because this is the final of the Champions League, because the opponent is so tough.”
City also lost Gundogan to injury in the second half, but Guardiola provided positive news about the midfielder after the game.
“We are going to check tomorrow,” said the manager of the German, who had earlier scored his 17th goal of the season.
“The doctor is quite optimistic. The problem is a kick and he was running in the second half with disruption and I didn’t want to take a risk.”