Land­mark hat-trick Records for­ward broke

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Goals for Manch­ester City this sea­son in all com­pe­ti­tions – his best-ever scor­ing re­turn teams and none has looked bet­ter play­ing be­hind closed doors. They have thrashed Liver­pool 4-0, and had suc­ces­sive 5-0 de­mo­li­tions of New­cas­tle and Brighton.

Even with the threat of a Cham­pi­ons League ban hang­ing over the club, Guardi­ola has not looked or sounded as re­laxed for months.

“I will go to sleep be­cause I can­not do any­thing,” Guardi­ola said when asked if he was wor­ried City would lose their ap­peal to the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport, which will an­nounce its de­ci­sion today. “I am con­fi­dent in our ar­gu­ments and that next sea­son we will be in the place [in Europe] we won on the pitch this sea­son.”

There is no dis­grace in los­ing to City in this mood, but Brighton were out­classed and still have work to do to be sure of stay­ing up. “The sec­ond half wasn’t pleas­ant for us,” said man­ager Gra­ham Pot­ter. “But play­ing Manch­ester City and Liver­pool in four days is a big ask.”

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