Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard spoke to Sky Sports after the 4-2 win over Brighton today.
Here’s what they had to say.
Being 7 points clear at the top. How does it feel?
Saka: Yeah, it sounds amazing. Of course if you’d asked us at the start of the season if we’d want this, we’d bite your hands off, so we’re really happy.
City dropped points, was it on your minds?
Odegaard: No, we’ve said many times before that we focus on ourselves. We don’t care about the other teams. We came here, we wanted to get the three points, three points was everything and we did it.
A more anxious second half
Odegaard: Yeah, I think we need to control the game a little bit better. We let them into the game twice. They’re a difficult team to play against, they’re very good on the ball, but I think we can do better in some parts of the game.
Was there emphasis on a fast start?
Saka: There was a big emphasis, we know how hard it is to come here in recent seasons. With the weather it wasn’t so easy, so that early goal set us up.
I couldn’t believe it fell for me. I had to show some composure and put it in the far corner, and I’m happy I did.
Martin, not the greatest goal you ever scored but great timing.
Odegaard: I thought it was a great goal! Another important goal, and I like to help the team with goals and assists. That’s what I want to do as much as possible, and I’m very happy to do that again.
The pass for the fourth goal.
Odegaard: I saw that there was a lot of space in behind, and our wingers are so quick. So put the ball in the right space, put the right speed on the ball and it’s not easy to stop Martinelli. It was a great goal.
A long way to go, are you sensing opportunity?
Saka: We’ve put ourselves in a great place, we’re not focusing on that right now. We’re focusing on Newcastle, we know how well they’ve been playing so that’s our only focus right now.