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Monday, November 4, 2019

Job done for Pep Guardiola & Manchester city

The pair had met on Tuesday in the League Cup, the Citizens cruising to a 3-1 victory, but the Saints had a point to prove having lost their last Premier League outing 9-0 at home to Leicester.
A comfortable afternoon was expected by the Etihad crowd but a spanner was thrown into the works when James Ward-Prowse followed up Stuart Armstrong's shot to give the visitors a shock 1-0 lead after 13 minutes.
City pushed and probed but struggled to find a breakthrough until Sergio Aguero fired in an equaliser on 70 minutes after being set up by Kyle Walker and it was Walker who grabbed the winner with four minutes remaining.
The right-back has had a tough season but was the darling of the Etihad as he finished from the 46th cross in open play of the game.
With league leaders Liverpool producing a late show to claim a 2-1 victory at Aston Villa, it was vital that City matched their result and the Reds remain six points clear at the top of the table.
Guardiola admitted his side toiled in breaking down the ultra-defensive Saints but was pleased to see them get the result after sticking to their ethos.
"We did everything, it was so difficult to attack when they defend with 11 players," he told Match of the Day. "We did everything we could and in the end our intensity and our players paid off.
"We made a good comeback. Everyone plays the way we want to play. They are top quality players, they are fast players, it was our job to try and beat Southampton and we did."
City now switch their focus to their continental exploits, with a trip to Italy to face Atalanta in Group C of the Champions League next on the agenda.

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