MANCHESTER City manager Pep Guardiola has stuck to his guns and still believes that Graham Potter is currently the best English football manager.

The former Barcelona manager had previously named Potter as the English manager, and despite his sides 4-1 thumping of Albion on Saturday, he has not changed his views.

In Guardiola's post-match press conference, he said: "That was my opinion two years ago and I have the same opinion.

"I like what they do. They are top four and really up there.

"But last season also I like what they do. They played really well but did not get the results.

"I know Graham from when he was at Swansea. That is why he is in that position, and that is why I had a picture about which team we play today."

Guardiola's side put Albion to the sword in the first half of the match, scoring three goals without reply, however, Potter rallied his team during the break.

The Seagulls came out fighting in the second half and gave a good account of themselves as they tried to force their way back into the match.

A penalty goal from Alexis Mac Allister was the best that they managed as City goalkeeper Ederson frustrated the Albion attackers. The game was then sealed by Riyad Mahrez, who scored late on in the second period.

Guardiola was full of praise for the Albion team. He said: "They know exactly what to do. They make the build-up with a good keeper, they have four at the back.

"They occupy perfectly the ball. They have runners high and wide with a winger. It does not matter if they are wing-backs, full-backs or wingers.

"And after that, they create the spaces for the people in the middle. They press aggressive, and they have courage to play.

"So all the things I would like as a spectator, what I would like to see in my team, I see it and I identify with this team.

The two team's managers had a spat at the Amex last season, with Guardiola taking exception Potter's celebration to one of the Albion goals.

However, now the air has been cleared between the two coaches and the former Bayern Munich manager believes that Potter is a positive for football in the country.

He said: "Above all Graham is a gentleman. I think for English football, it is so good to have manager like Graham."