Brighton vs Man City
Manchester City travel to Brighton on the final day of the 2018/19 Premier League season.
The Citizens head into the game knowing that they need to win to ensure they are crowned Premier League champions.
2nd-placed Liverpool are at home to 7th-placed Wolves for their final game.
While Wolves have a great record against the bigger sides, Liverpool at Anfield can be very dangerous, as we saw versus Barcelona.
So, a win for City versus Brighton is essential. They may have to do it without Fernandinho, though, with the Brazilian expected to be unavailable due to injury.
However, City may be able to call upon Kevin De Bruyne, who is recovering from a hamstring problem.
Kevin De Bruyne (hamstring) has taken part in aspects of full training over the past two days. “He could,” be involved this weekend. Fernandinho (knee) “is not able” and his availability for the FA Cup final is yet to be determined. #MCFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) 10 May 2019
Guardiola previews the tie
After being knocked out of the Champions League by Tottenham, Man City could really do with winning the Premier League.
Yes, they have won the League Cup and could well win the FA Cup, but a team such as theirs really should be winning one of the big two trophies.
As such, ahead of the Citizens’ clash with Brighton, Pep Guardiola has stated that his side may have to ‘go crazy’ in the final 10 or 15 minutes, in the case that they are yet to make a crucial breakthrough:
“We must play well and be strong mentally, knowing it will be tough – it’s how we react even if we have bad moments.
“We have to focus on the game – how we want to play – and not worry too much [about the rest].
“If the game is running into problems, be calm and think about what you have to do. You may have to go crazy in the last five, 10, 15 minutes. But before that we have a plan and must follow the plan to win the game – that’s what we have done all season.” As quoted by the Telegraph.