Southampton vs. Manchester City - Football Match Report

Southampton vs. Manchester City - Football Match Report

Manchester City have bounced back from 2 consecutive defeats, to beat Southampton 3-1, and cut the gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool to 7 points, before the top two meet on Thursday.

The two sides played each other four times last season, with Liverpool ending City's 22-match unbeaten start before knocking them out of the Champions League in the quarterfinals. It provided the blueprint for beating Manchester City, as Pep Guardiola lost just five Premier League matches the entire 2018 calendar year, and three of them appear on this list.

Liverpool's success against City last season was founded on taking the game to them and Robertson does not anticipate manager Jurgen Klopp trying to shut up shop for a point on Thursday. It's something that we've never had. They're probably more experienced than us in this position...

N'Golo Kante scored the only goal as Chelsea won 1-0 at Crystal Palace. We might be nine points in front now but we have to go to Manchester City in five days. "As long as I'm fit and feel all right then I just keep going and playing".

"City is a game that we want to win".

"I like these games", Klopp said.

"Not a big issue - something muscular - but it's normal after three or four months injured", Guardiola said.

"To beat them you are going to have to score twice, which is a tall order".

"If we can play the way we know we can play, we can beat anyone", he told United Kingdom newspapers.

"Today for us it's a clear example that if we are not consistent enough, with not only good quality during the game, and the right energy, it's hard to compete for big things", said a disappointed Mauricio Pochettino.

He would be a fantastic addition to the Lazio team, especially in the fullback positions though the Italian capital club might need to fight off fellow top flight side Inter Milan to sign him.

"And we should be able to pull everything out of the locker for that game". If I was them though I'd try and have a swing, although you don't want to be on the wrong end of six goals when it could go down to goal difference at the bottom.

"To come through December with the fixtures we had unscathed is a good achievement but nothing is achieved in December so we kick on now and go into 2019 full of momentum and it is about using that properly and if we can, hopefully it is a good year for us all".

City striker Aguero went into the book for a foul on Matt Targett as the Southampton defender came forward, and - against the run of play - the home side were almost level when Ederson made an excellent save from Austin's header.

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