Manchester City fell to a 3-2 defeat on Tuesday night, with Pep Guardiola’s side blowing a 2-0 lead against the Seagulls.
Ilkay Gundogan gave the Citizens an early lead but Joao Cancelo’s early red card made things difficult for the champions at the Amex Stadium as Brighton came from behind to seal a win in front of their fans.
It had seemed as if City would be able to see out the victory when Phil Foden scored a superb solo goal to make it 2-0 but the hosts quickly got one back through Leandro Trossard, and then went on to win the game thanks to goals from Adam Webster and Dan Burn.
Although Cancelo will have to take a lot of the blame for the defeat, his red card looked to be very harsh, and at 2-0, you would’ve hoped that the City team would have enough experience and quality to see the game out, even with ten men.
Unfortunately, there were plenty of poor performers on Tuesday night, which will give Guardiola plenty to think about ahead of the Champions League final later this month.
One man who disappointed against Graham Potter’s side was Bernardo Silva, with SofaScore rating him a 5.9/10 for his performance, which was the worst of any City player to feature other than Cancelo.
During the game, the Portugal international would have just 34 touches of the ball, completing 17 passes, which was the fewest of any Man City player to play at least 45 minutes, including Ederson.
Considering he has averaged 52.8 passes per game in the Premier League this season, it was clear that he was nowhere near involved as much as usual against Brighton and clearly struggled with the intensity of playing with 10 men.
The former AS Monaco man would fail in both of his dribble attempts during the game, whilst he failed to register a single shot at the Amex.
He would also win just three of his 11 duels and would lose possession on 11 occasions against Potter’s side, which emphasises that the Brighton players simply had the better of him throughout.
The “exceptional” 26-year-old will have to produce much better if he wants to keep his place in the side for the game against Chelsea later this month.