PEP GUARDIOLA told a Brighton steward to come and sit with him in the dugout, prior to Manchester City’s 4-1 win over the Seagulls yesterday.

The animated City boss patted the chair next to him as the initially bewildered staff member looked in his direction.


Pep Guardiola chats to the perplexed stewardCredit: Sky Sports
The City boss was keen to call the staff member over


The City boss was keen to call the staff member overCredit: Sky Sports

As the steward sits down Guardiola puts his arm around his shoulder, before pointing up into the crowd.

It is unclear what the Spaniard wanted to chat about.

But he was certainly in a mischievous mood.

He watched his side dismantle Brighton in the first half, cutting Graham Potter’s side open at will.

Ilkay Gundogan gave them the perfect start, before a quickfire Phil Foden double made it 3-0 at the break.

The Seagulls improved after half-time, pulling a goal back through Alexis Mac Allister.

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But City would have the final say, with substitute Riyad Mahrez adding gloss to the scoreline by bagging his side’s fourth deep into stoppage time.

Asked by Sky Sports’ Patrick Davison if City’s display proved that they didn’t actually need a new striker, because of their ‘extra fluidity’, Guardiola said: “Sky. I’m going to tell you something.

“When one day we are going to lose a game, you will ask me if I miss the striker.

“I bet you whatever you want.”

With a menacing he grin, he added: “I don’t buy this question, I’m sorry.”

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Pep Guardiola responds to Man City’s 4-1 win against Brighton