CITY 4 BRIGHTON 0
City wasted no time taking command against the Seagulls.
The last home game against Spurs saw just two goals converted from 30 shots – this game saw the Blues take the lead with the first shot of the game and just 68 seconds on the clock.
David Silva, inevitably, was the creator, as he darted in behind the Brighton defence before picking out De Bruyne with a low cross and the Belgian made no mistake from eight yards.
Fast and direct with in possession, the pattern was reversed without to a compact unit attempting to crowd out City’s creativity around the box.
Silva missed a sitter on 30 minutes after good work by Raheem Sterling as the Blues looked to give themselves breathing space but the Spaniard, for once, got his angle wrong as he skewed a shot past the post from a couple of yards out.
City responded well to the blow and two minutes before the break, the lead was doubled.