Manchester City climbed to third place in the Premier League on Wednesday as Pep Guardiola’s men saw off a feisty challenge from Brighton to win 1-0.
indicated that their game againstBrighton and Hove Albion
was a reality check despite flying to third place on the Premier League table.
scored the winner for Manchester City on the stroke of half-time to markManchester City
's four consecutive victories as they climbed atop within four points of leaders
It was another victory and another clean sheet for City but Guardiola's men were not up to their standards.
The manager believes it was important for his side to come through a tricky test against strugglers Brighton.
"For the next games that we have in January, February, this is the best thing that could happen today,"
Guardiola told BBC Sport
"There are some rumors outside the team, in the team after Stamford Bridge, [Manchester] United, and the reality is today, the game that we played today.
"It's nice to play the way we played. For 60, 70 minutes, we were so good.
"The first half was the way we have to play; the second half we struggled more because of the quality of the opponent - not because we were lazy or a lack of concentration, not these kinds of things."