Date: 4th November 2018 at 5:01pm
Written by:
Manchester City
6 – 1
Southampton

The Etihad Stadium

FA Premier League

Referee: Lee Mason of Lancashire

Manchester City Southampton
Hoedt (6'), Agüero (12'), Silva (18'), Sterling (45'+2, 67'), Sané (90'+1) Ings (30' pen)
31 Ederson 1 Alex McCarthy
2 Kyle Walker 2 Cédric Soares
22 Benjamin Mendy 5 Jack Stephens
14 Aymeric Laporte 6 Wesley Hoedt
5 John Stones Kompany 68' 21 Ryan Bertrand
25 Fernandinho Delph 79' 16 James Ward-Prowse
 
Obafemi 73'
7 Raheem Sterling 18 Mario Lemina
10 Sergio Agüero
 
23 Pierre Højbjerg
21 David Silva Foden 72' 7 Shane Long
20 Bernardo Silva 22 Nathan Redmond Elyounoussi 73'
19 Leroy Sané 9 Danny Ings Armstrong 82'

Substitutes

3 Danilo 3 Maya Yoshida
4 Vincent Kompany 4 Jannik Vestergaard
18 Fabian Delph 10 Charlie Austin
26 Riyad Mahrez 11 Mohammed Elyounoussi
33 Gabriel Jesus 17 Stuart Armstrong
47 Philip Foden 28 Angus Gunn
49 Aro Muric 61 Michael Obafemi

Game Statistics

18 Goal attempts 12
8 On Target 6
4 Corners 4
14 Fouls 9
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
67 % 33

Johnny On The Spot: #IMPERIOUS. Pep Guardiola’s assertion back in August that there will be no let up from his record breaking champions continues to be reinforced with each outstanding team performance.

Of all the maulings dished out to date in this Premier League title defence, this dismantling of Southampton will perhaps be the most pleasing to El Gaffer by way of it’s clinical execution. The ever present hard running, desire, telepathic passing and determination were complemented by the type of no nonsense finishing that is sooner or later going to register a double figure scoreline before this season has run its course such was the ferocity of The Blues output.

Ominously for the likes of a bitter Gary Neville the statistics are once again beginning to pile up in The Blues favour. The centurions with the sharpest shooters and the meanest defence are now only one goal shy of a +30 goal difference 11 games into the season and also boast in Kun Aguero one of only 3 strikers to have scored 150 league goals for the same English club.

It can surely only be a matter of time before the brilliant Argentine receives the media plaudits that his wonderful feats deserve. Aguero spearheaded charge after charge against the hapless Saints backline alongside the effervescent Raheem Sterling who was quite simply sensational throughout. Raz is my Man of The Match as City’s crucial run of 4 consecutive home games continues with the arrival of Shakhtar on Wednesday, then Maureen’s Stretfords next Sunday.

On today’s evidence, with City racing into top form with exquisite timing,  both those teams are in for a severe test.

 

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