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Manchester City scored three important points with a narrow 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday night.
Phil Foden’s goal in the first half was enough to beat the Seagulls, while Raheem Sterling shot a penalty over the bar for the hosts.
While the 20-year-old Englishman will earn a lot of applause after his goal, an impressive performance, it was perhaps Oleksandr Zinchenko’s display that most delighted Pep Guardiola, as it was only the Ukrainian’s. third appearance in season in the highest category.
According SofaScore, the 23-year-old earned a solid 7.3 rating for his screen. By comparison, Foden and Kevin De Bruyne scored 7.8 and 7.9 for their performances.
The left-back was perhaps the most involved City player during the game, as he had 121 touches of the ball and completed 97/104 of his passes, which was easily the most of any Citizens player and more than double the number of passes played by De Bruyne, who would normally be expected to be Guardiola’s main creator.
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When City were on the defensive at times on Wednesday night, Zinchenko was also impressive from a defensive point of view.
He won five of eight of his games against the Brighton players, which is a solid comeback considering the physical threat posed by the Seagulls in the air, but the left-back held his ground.
Impressive won three tackles and made five interceptions, which is far better than the numbers he posted in the Premier League last season, when he averaged. 1.6 tackles and 0.9 interceptions per game, emphasizing how impressive it was against Graham Potter’s side.
Brighton’s left-back Bernardo, by comparison, completed just 17 ball passes and made just two interceptions during the game, earning a much less impressive goal. 6.6 rating by his action.
Joel Veltman, who was playing on Brighton’s right-back, was unable to cross the ball once during the 90 minutes, again highlighting that the Ukrainian international was fine on Wednesday night as he was one of the main reasons why Las gaviotas could not chain many attacks on their right side.
While Phil Foden might steal the limelight after his game-winning performance, perhaps we’ve come to expect that level of display from the City academy graduate recently given how well he played lately.
For Zinchenko, after his lack of appearances this season, it was a surprise to see him excel so much, given how much better he performed compared to some of his previous exhibitions last season, and this game came to his back. can hardly be seen during the current campaign.
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