THE NOTEBOOK: Brighton hot shot Julio Enciso has a screamer in his locker, Lewis Dunk is given night off after his England call-up… and mystery of City’s injured stars after title celebrations
- Enciso scored a stunner against Man City, just as he did in victory over Chelsea
- The champions were without Grealish, Laporte and Akanji due to injuries
- Dunk left out of starting XI for first time in the league since February last year
Julio Enciso’s stunning leveller cemented Brighton’s place in next season’s Europa League as Manchester City’s Premier League winning run was halted at 12 games by a thrilling 1-1 draw.
The 19-year-old Paraguay forward unleashed a thunderous, swerving effort into the top right corner from 25 yards seven minutes before the break to mathematically guarantee Albion a sixth-placed finish.
Phil Foden put the newly-crowned champions ahead at the Amex Stadium with his fifth goal in as many starts against the Seagulls.
But, despite bringing back a host of big names, Pep Guardiola saw his formidable side drop points for the first time since February 18 after Erling Haaland’s 79th-minute header was disallowed due to VAR spotting a shirt pull on Levi Colwill.
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Julio Enciso scored a stunner against Man City, just as he did in the victory over Chelsea
Enciso has a screamer in his locker
After 38 minutes, Julio Enciso’s eyes lit up at the large amount of space outside Manchester City’s area.
A shot that arrowed into the top right corner was the result. It is a weapon he clearly has in the locker.
Case in point: his screamer, of a similar nature, against Chelsea in April, to win 2-1.
Mystery of City’s injured stars
Pep Guardiola said before the match ‘many players got injured — four, five players’. Among those missing included Jack Grealish, Aymeric Laporte and Manuel Akanji.
One had to wonder: how were they injured? Dancing, drinking, or during the pitch invasion on Sunday?
On the bright side, at least Erling Haaland made the cut. Those silky sky blue pyjamas he wore Sunday night must have included healing properties in the price, mind.
The TV screens pre-match showed the home side at their imperious best en route to European football qualification for the first time.
The victories against Arsenal and Southampton were, of course, included.
The 5-1 and 4-1 defeats by Everton and Newcastle respectively? Nowhere in sight.
Lewis Dunk was left out of starting XI for the first time in the league since February last year
Dunk given night off
After he received his first England call-up since November 2018, Lewis Dunk was left out of Brighton’s starting XI for the first time in the league since February last year.
The centre back will be in contention for next month’s Euro 2024 qualifiers but was on Brighton’s bench on Wednesday night.
A well-earned break from marking City’s dangerman Haaland — Dunk will have had worse days.