Brentford Stuns Premier League Champions Manchester City’s unbeaten streak with 1-0 defeat

By Xorkpe Sosu 3 Min Read

Despite being crowned champions, Manchester City concluded the Premier League season with a 1-0 loss against Brentford.

This defeat marked the end of their 25-match unbeaten streak, which could be a source of worry for Pep Guardiola’s team as they approach the FA Cup final against Manchester United and the Champions League final against Inter, despite having made several rotations in the lineup.

Despite a commendable season, Brentford’s 1-0 victory over Manchester City couldn’t secure them a qualification for the Conference League, considering the wins by Aston Villa and Tottenham elsewhere.

Manchester City put on a lackluster display in the match, failing to find their rhythm, while Brentford initially adopted a defensive approach.

However, as the game progressed, Brentford grew more proactive, with Ben Mee forcing a solid save from Ederson in the first half.

In the second half, the home team generated a series of half-chances before Thomas Frank introduced some attacking substitutions, injecting more vigor into their gameplay.

Brentford’s efforts were rewarded when, in the 85th minute, Kevin Schade skillfully bypassed Sergio Gomez and delivered a threatening cross that Bryan Mbeumo nodded down for Ethan Pinnock to convert, giving The Bees the lead.

In response to falling behind, Manchester City intensified their pursuit of an equalizer.

In a chaotic scene inside the penalty box during the final minute of regular time, City had multiple attempts but astonishingly failed to find the back of the net. Ultimately, Brentford managed to hold on and secure a 1-0 victory.

Pep Guardiola described  Brentford as the Premier League’s “best team by far after the game.

“Congratulations to Brentford for the victory”, He said.

“It’s difficult to face them because of how quick they play, how aggressive, how fast, and set pieces, all departments.”

“It’s the best team by far, but not just on set pieces. It’s an exceptional team. I have a lot of admiration for what Thomas Frank has done for many years.”

“When you see, for example, what Bournemouth have done since [Gary] O’Neil took over — and Brentford — it’s exceptional.”

“Hopefully next season we can do better and beat them like we did last season, so we have a target for next season already.”

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