Southampton vs Manchester City, Premier League 2016/17

The Citizens continued their push for the top four on Saturday as they beat Southampton 3-0 at St Mary's.

First Silva's through-ball sent De Bruyne through and he squared for Sane to sweep past Forster, then Aguero nodded in his 11th goal in 11 games.

The win lifted City above Liverpool, who play West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, into third.

And speaking to BT Sport after the game, Kompany said: "I don't really care too much about the goal, I'm happy it's helped my team".

Guardiola says he is not prioritising the Cup for the chance to win a trophy in his first season but underlined the importance of developing a winning mentality by referencing the club's trip to the Far East last summer. Finally, in recent games he has played he has delivered performances and hopefully he can stay fit.

"When this happens, I feel I'm giving something back to the fans".

City killed it thanks to further strikes from Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero, with Long's number going up soon after the latter's far-post header. "From a set piece we scored a goal and they had to push up and after that we could get some players between the lines and counter attack and kill the game".

"We have to believe in ourselves and tactically we have to play for each other defensively and offensively".

"This result is so important for our qualification for the Champions League", said Guardiola, whose side host neighbours United in their next league game.

Southampton boss Claude Puel, meanwhile, conceded his side were not good enough to take the points.

He said: "My feeling before that was he was just waiting to score a goal".

City picked up where they left off at the end of the first half, and Jesus Navas forced a superb save from Forster who palmed a fiery effort over the bar.

"We had that in the Monaco game and we can not forget how good they are after what they did in Dortmund".

"It's a disappointment because we can do better, we can create better opportunities".

"In Spain, especially in Germany, the pressure is higher to the players, to the manager, to everybody - here it is calm", said the two-time Champions League victor.

  • Angelo Rivera