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Sergio Aguero Scores Twice as Manchester City Crush Brighton 4-0 in EPL

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistAugust 31, 2019

Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Brighton and Hove Albion at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on August 31, 2019. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /         (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Manchester City won for the third time in four matches to start the 2019/20 Premier League season after beating Brighton & Hove Albion 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.  

Sergio Aguero scored twice and teed up substitute Bernardo Silva late on, while Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring after just two minutes to help the champions maintain an unbeaten start to their title defence. By contrast, the Seagulls have now failed to win in three after beating Watford 3-0 away on the opening day.

The only negative aspect of City's day was losing centre-back Aymeric Laporte to a potential knee injury. The France the international had to be stretchered off following a coming together with Adam Webster during the first half.

Simon Stone @sistoney67

Stretcher coming on for Laporte. His reaction was not good as soon as the initial contact was made. Looked like right knee.

City were slick, quick and inventive in possession early on, and it took just two minutes for David Silva to tee up De Bruyne, who finished with little fuss.

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Manchester City didn't hesitate . . . KDB with the early goal! 🦈 Catch this one on @NBCSportsGold, stream here: https://t.co/APeiVd0Vp5 https://t.co/nV8NjgmF3F

De Bruyne was looking in the mood for more goals, and he arrowed two testing shots toward Mat Ryan's goal. Silva and De Bruyne were playing a game within the game, exchanging neat passes, rotating positions producing some magic touches.

While City's artisans were running the show, the inability to add to the early goal led to the visitors steadily growing in confidence. Leandro Trossard was posing a threat from the flanks, but Brighton lacked a cutting edge through the middle.

The Seagulls were getting men forward, but City remained comfortable at the back until Laporte had to be stretchered off after 35 minutes. He had gone in for a challenge on full-back Webster but landed awkwardly.

Manchester City @ManCity

35. SUBSTITUTION | @Laporte is stretchered off after colliding with Brighton's Adam Webster and receiving treatment to his knee. @fernandinho comes on to replace Aymeric. 💙 1-0 ⚫️ #mancity #MCIBHA https://t.co/bOCm5oiXt0

Holding midfielder Fernandinho taking Laporte's place sums up the worrying implications of the latter's injury. City were already thin at the heart of defence following Vincent Kompany's return to Anderlecht this summer.

Attack remains the best form of defence for Pep Guardiola's team, though, a fact illustrated by Aguero scoring in the 43rd and 52 minutes.

De Bruyne created the first, while Silva pulled the strings for the second. He's been surrounded by a level of creative talent most strikers can only dream of, but Aguero's ruthless streak has also made the most of his supporting cast.

OptaJoe @OptaJoe

7 - Sergio Aguero has scored with each of his last seven shots on target in the Premier League for Manchester City. Clinical. https://t.co/A9pFcWUPbA

City were cruising, but Trossard was still determined to help the visitors carry a threat. The Belgian's pace, trickery and willingness to take shots continued to cause the hosts problems.

Trossard's industry also helped Fernandinho get up to speed as a makeshift defender:

Simon Bajkowski @spbajko

Fernandinho gets his song belted out after a header diverts Trossard's shot and stops what looked a certain goal

Fernandinho was easing Guardiola's mind about his options at the back, while Aguero was ensuring the forward line didn't lose its appetite for goals. He played in substitute Bernardo Silva for City's fourth on 78 minutes.

It was the final contribution of a vintage performance from City's marquee names in attack. Laporte's injury will naturally have Guardiola worried, but the Citizens will remain a force, both domestically and in Europe, as long as Aguero, Silva and De Bruyne are fit and firing.

   

What's Next?

The Citizens face Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday, September 14. Meanwhile, Brighton host Burnley on the same day.