May 20, 2018

Pep Guardiola reveals fears after Southampton showdown

Manchester City cruised to third in the Premier League on Saturday (15/04/17) after a 3-0 victory over Southampton.

Vincent Kompany marked his return to the City’s line-up with a rare goal in the second half (55′).

According to AFP, Pep Guardiola’s team were in control for long periods at St Mary’s, but it wasn’t until the 55th minute that City captain Kompany put them ahead with his first goal since August 2015.

Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero made sure of the three points with further goals in the 77th and 80th minutes respectively.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola speaking to BBC Sport:

“I missed Vincent Kompany a lot. He wins duels, he can find passes to help us, so hopefully he can be fit until the end of the season because he’s important for us.

“With all the injured players, Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan, we would have been stronger.”

On whether City can catch the top two:

“Tottenham are so strong. We saw again today that they are not going to drop points.

“Our performance away in that league was amazing this season. We dropped too many points at home.

“Look how strong Chelsea and Tottenham are at home. If you want to win the Premier League, you have to win at home to Middlesbrough and Southampton.”

Southampton were barely a factor in the game as Guardiola’s side passed the ball round and through them.

Southampton manager Claude Puel:

“It’s a disappointment because we can do better, we can create better opportunities.

“We did not have enough, we were not sufficient. It was not a good day for us, but congratulations to Manchester City.”

City have 64 points, one more than fourth-placed Liverpool, who visit West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

Southampton, meanwhile, sit safely in mid-table with 40 points from 31 games.

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