Premiership Champions, Manchester City this evening set a new Premier league records surpassing Chelsea’s with a total of total of 105 goals, points total of 97 and number of wins 31.
The game is the Ivorian 316th game and final home outing for Manchester City. It was a game where Toure was recalled for his first Premier League start of the season and regular captain Vincent Kompany gave up the armband for the night. The game ended with Pep Guardiola’s side setting new record marks of 97 points, 105 goals, and 31 wins – the last of them regarding the Premier League era.
After the match the Ivorian’s brother Kolo presented him with a lifetime season ticket for City, a framed shirt embossed with ‘316’, and a copy of the mosaic of his image unveiled at the training facility on Tuesday.Yaya Touré joined in summer 2010 and departs following Sunday’s final match of the season at Southampton, though whether he is in the squad is not guaranteed such has been his drift to the periphery this season.
Guardiola made eight changes from Sunday’s 0-0 draw here against Huddersfield, retaining only Leroy Sané, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus, one of those brought in being Touré. Chris Hughton’s Brighton XI was almost identical to the one that beat Manchester United on Friday, with only Leonardo Ulloa replacing Glenn Murray.
Guardiola had been far from content with Sunday’s display and the result. What he wanted was a quicker, slicker City. So when Aymeric Laporte swept a diagonal out to Bernardo Silva along the right and the ball went into the box instantly, the manager would have been well pleased.
They went even closer when Fernandinho roved forward, moved in behind opposition and found Ilkay Gündogan, with Shane Duffy required to make a sliding block.
With the crowd cheering Touré’s every touch he delighted with one quick shuffle that took the ball out of his feet and passed in an instant. Later, when he outmuscled Ulloa, there were groans as the referee adjudged an infringement and Guardiola looked equally unimpressed with the official.
Moments later emotions turned upside down due to an opener straight from the manager’s playbook. Sané hit high gear, burned through the centre circle, and rolled a pass inside the defence to Danilo. The right-back took this on and finished impressively to Mathew Ryan’s right.City’s No 1 for the night was Claudio Bravo and he now experienced some ill fortune. When Davy Pröpper sprinted down the right the Chilean goalkeeper initially smothered the ball only to see it pop back to the Dutchman. Pröpper swivelled and crossed over the flailing Bravo, Ulloa headed the ball home and in doing so provided a vivid illustration of why Ederson became City’s first-choice this term.Touré offered a flash of his best when buccaneering down the right and finding Jesus, though he found the side-netting only. Sané, though, was about to create a fine goal for Silva but beforehand, his dribbling wizardry had the ball seemingly glued to first left boot then right before he shot at Ryan. Moments later his cross found Silva and he smashed in for the lead and for goal number 104, the record.
City’s second-half task was to take the contest away from the visitors. In this vein Guardiola administered a telling off to Sané after passing infield instead of driving to the byline. Further dudgeon followed later when the German trapped air rather than ball and it rolled out for a Seagulls throw.
Fernandinho showed how when taking a Laporte pass first time near the penalty spot, reversing, and blazing at Ryan, who did well to repel this.
Bravo, though, endured more blushes when he spilled a shot and was lucky to see Anthony Knockaert’s follow up sail over. Sané continued to want to take on yellow-shirted men, doing so as the contest entered the final phase. This had him skipping through before being felled, though the resulting free-kick yielded nothing.
Quick-thinking from a corner between Gundogan and Sané did, though,produce a City third as Fernandinho swept beyond Ryan. From here the home crowd regaled the man of the evening with ‘My, my Yaya Touré’ to the tune of Delilah. This was followed by ‘Stand up, if you love Yaya’. It was the kind of ending he deserved as he was replaced to a standing ovation with four minutes remaining.