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Man City thrash Southampton to go top again

07 November, 2018, 10:19 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Gabriel Jesus has only scored against Huddersfield and Oxford this season

Manchester City have defeated Southampton 6-1 at the Etihad Stadium to move back above Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.

"The first step is qualify for the next round", Guardiola said.

"The game was not over, because we conceded".

"People say "oh that is not enough".

They need to emphasise the positives, inflate them if they want, and convince themselves it's just the way it goes against City because they need some belief right now.

The biggest loss through injury is Kevin De Bruyne, who suffered knee ligament damage for the second time this season in Thursday's Carabao Cup win over Fulham, and is out until December.

Manchester City will be looking to continue on their winning ways, when they face off against Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League.

He said: "Every game is important".

"Shakhtar is the most important because it's the first one". We have a deep squad and we have also been together for three years. However, Ivan Ordets, Maksym Malyshev and Fernando are all unlikely to feature for the Ukrainians.

"Ferna would make any manager the happiest or luckiest in the world", said Guardiola ahead of City's 3-0 win in the Ukraine against Shakhtar two weeks ago.

Southampton got a little encouragement when Danny Ings was brought down by City keeper Ederson and rose to convert the spot kick in the 30th minute but on the stroke of half-time City restored their three-goal advantage when Aguero passed to Sterling inside the box and he took his time before firing home.

Leroy Sane celebrates making it 6-1 Manchester City.

Should Manchester City lose against Shakhtar, they will be the first English side in the history of the European Cup/Champions League to lose four consecutive home matches - the only other side to lose three in a row are Spurs in November 2016.

He would have known, as would the team, that they were in for a hard afternoon regardless, but that if you let City get away in the early stages then the result is a foregone conclusion. 'They are the 12th man.

Sterling laid on the second for Aguero six minutes later and it wasn't long before it was 3-0, Sterling chipping over a cross and the ball falling invitingly for Silva to lash home.

Shakhtar Donetsk used to be a hard tie a couple of years ago but they've lost their way a bit now and it should be another comfortable night for Manchester City.



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