Graham Potter apologises for Pep Guardiola row and admits Brighton goal celebrations ‘were not my finest moment’ after shock win against Man City

Graham Potter apologised to Manchester City for his part in his touchline squabble with Pep Guardiola.

There were wild scenes at the Amex Stadium as the Seagulls came back from 2-0 down to claim a remarkable 3-2 victory against the Premier League champions on Tuesday night, as City played for 80 minutes with ten men.

Pep Guardiola was not happy with Graham Potter after Man City’s shock defeat at Brighton
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Words were said between the two managers and the City bench at full-time, with Guardiola apparently unhappy with something Potter had done during the game.

It then emerged the manager was not pleased with the way Potter celebrated as his side came back from certain defeat to stun the champions.

Guardiola refused to be drawn on the situation after the game, saying: “No, what I should tell I say personally.”

But Potter held his hands up and felt the need to apologise for his actions, admitting ‘it was not my finest moment’.


“The first goal I was a bit emotional,” said the boss in his post-match press conference.

“It wasn’t my finest hour, I have to apologise.

“It was not meant with any intent, it was an emotional response and wasn’t a good one.

“I apologise, no offence meant but I admit it wasn’t a nice moment.”

No doubt the return of fans had an impact on the celebrations.

Almost 8,000 supporters were welcomed back to the Amex and they witnessed an unforgettable comeback against the Champions League finalists, as goals from Leandro Trossard, Adam Webster and Dan Burn in the second half completed a sensational result.

Earlier in the game, City had stormed to a 2-0 lead despite finding themselves down to ten men after Joao Cancelo was sent off with just ten minutes on the clock.

Ilkay Gundogan’s header – his 13th of the season – and a superb solo Phil Foden goal appeared to put City on course to another win, but the young Englishman’s magical individual goal is now forgotten after the City’s almighty capitulation.

To make things worse for City, in-form Gundogan was later forced off with injury – a blow ahead of their Champions League final against Chelsea, in the rearranged game in Portugal.

Guardiola faced more ‘sore loser’ claims after his Man City side were beaten by Brighton
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However, Guardiola remains hopeful the issue is not too serious.

“Tomorrow, we are going to check tomorrow,” said the manager on Tuesday night.

“The doctor is quite optimistic. The problem is a kick and he was running in the second half with disruption and I didn’t want to take a risk.”