C was an almost perfect symmetry due to the fact that Manchester City's successful defense of the Premier League crown was secured at Brighton's Amex Stadium.
For the realization of consecutive crowns in the house of the seagulls, the fabulous story of the double title of the City has substantially closed the circle.
If we rewind 21 months back to 12 August 2017, it was in the suggestive club at the bottom of the south coast that the historic Premier League back-to-back adventure began to take shape.
The long journey to the Amex that in the late afternoon of summer marked the first assignment in a 2017/18 campaign that eventually will end with City not only creating history becoming the first team in English history to accumulate 100 points but also gaining appreciation from all corners of the globe for the hypnotic way in which this success has been achieved.
Just like this Sunday it turned out to be a nervous matter – at least in the first half of nervousness – the initial clash of last season's opening day also turned out to be a game of patience.
Recently promoted to the top flight after finishing second in the championship in the previous season, Brighton has demonstrated more than formidable opponents.
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A team from the city with three departing riders a Ederson, Kyle Walker is Danilo, together with the other summer gentlemen Bernardo Silva, who came off the bench, struggled to impose our authority on much of the game with seagulls threatening on several occasions.
In what was a hard-fought and tense affair, we had to wait until the 70th minute and an exquisite end to a supreme predator Sergio Aguero before we finally manage to open the obstinate defense of the seagulls and break the resistance of the landlords.
An own goal by Brighton defender, Lewis Dunk, five minutes later ensured that the City would return to Manchester with all three points – and above all – with our conviction and confidence strengthened on penalties in sight.
It was the perfect way to kick off the season.
And even more significant, the victory was the prelude to a campaign without equal both in terms of the extent of the results achieved and in terms of joining a brand of beautiful invisible football in English football.
The city became not only the first team to break through the unimaginable 100-point barrier, but reached that goal with bright blue brushstrokes that were met with universal praise with the Carabao Cup, also bagged for good measure.
Records after record fell in the irreproachable vigil of the city, while the team also accumulated a winning race of 18 games in all competitions before Christmas.
Most points (100), most wins (32), most goals (106), most wins (16), the biggest winning margin of the title (19 points) … the roll of honor was at once dizzying and impressive. relevant question.
How the hell do you follow him?
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It was a problem that came first Pep Guardiola & # 39; s at the beginning of this season, but his players have faced the challenge spectacularly.
The city may have finished two points timid to register that totem totemic point again this time. But in every other respect, there is a discussion to be made that the triumph of our back-to-back, if anything, has been an even more glaring goal.
The fact that no English team has been able to defend the Premier League crown in 10 years until this weekend speaks of the greatness of the City's achievements.
However, other factors highlight the scope of our success.
For beginners, the City had more players (16) than any other club involved in last summer's World Cup final in Russia – a one-month emptying period that did not end until early July.
Even the wounds went to the bottom of Guardiola's team with the 2017/18 talisman Kevin De Bruyne absent for most of the season and key midfield anchor companions Fernandinho lined for 10 weeks of the campaign.
This without taking into account the fact that left-back Benjamin Mendy he was again forced to lose most of the season through a series of frustrating injuries, which means we have again operated without a left-back specialist for most of the campaign.
The city also had to overcome the fatigue factor, having played eight games more than the runner-up due to our passage to the Carabao Cup and FA Cup finals and the Champions League knockout stages. In total, we have played 60 matches in all competitions so far this season, with an FA Cup final yet to be played.
Above all, however, there was the formidable specter of the Liverpool challenge which, in 2019, had opened a seven-point lead over City.
It turned out to be a titanic fight that saw the command at the top of the table go to incredible hands 32 times during the campaign.
Following the disappointment of a defeat in the fourth season of the season in Newcastle at the end of January, City knew that there was no margin, so it was shown that we embarked on a phenomenal run of 13 consecutive victories in the league.
This marked the scene for Sunday's rendezvous with City with Brighton on the sunny southern coast, with Guardiola as the one who knew there was no room for error.
As with our last meeting at the Amex 21 months earlier, it was a stress-strained opening that made the Seagulls even more advantageous in Glenn Murray's first-half header after the news filtered that Liverpool were leading their final game at home with the Wolves.
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The minor parts would have withered under pressure and expectations.
However, the city has simply doubled the focus and attention to the details that were the keywords of our success and in 83 seconds we were at the height of Sergio Aguero.
With reduced anxiety levels, City has raised the stakes and done what is best of all – producing the highest quality calcium in the most severe stress tests.
Superb goals followed by Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez is Ilkay Gundogan both broke the seagulls' resistance and secured a 14th consecutive league victory to deliver the final prize to the second consecutive Premier League title.
From Brighton to Brighton, the numbers alone turned out to be amazed.
Starting from 76 games played, 198 points were collected, including the historic break of the 100-point barrier last season. With an average of 2.61 points per game, it is a figure that is almost distrustful.
On top of that city he accumulated 106 goals last season, recording 32 wins and 100 points
This time we have plundered 95 goals in the league, collecting 32 more victories and conceding only 22 goals.
This is the stuff of champions in any language.
And for the record, here's how we aligned in these two Brighton clashes:
Brighton v City (12 August 2017): Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Stones, Danilo, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, D Silva, G Jesus, Aguero
Subtitles: Bravo, Mangala, Yaya Toure, Foden, Sterling, Bernardo, Sane
Brighton v City (12 May 2019): Ederson, Walker, Zinchenko, Kompany, Laporte, Gundogan, D Silva, Sterling, Mahrez, Aguero, Bernardo
Subtitles: De Bruyne, Danilo, Otamendi, Jesus, Muric, Stones, Sane
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