Manchester City cruised back to the top of the table in style as Pep Guardiola’s men hammered six goals against Southampton.
The first 18 minutes were crucial for both sides as it pretty much decided the outcome of the game. City scored three in the opening 18 minutes. The Saints looked sloppy from the very first minute against the hosts’ fluidic movement and precision passing. The Sky Blues took the lead early as Wesley Hoedt put the ball into his own net. At the end of the first half, the scoreline was 4-1, with Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and David Silva on the scoresheet. Whereas, Southampton’s Danny Ings ended City’s six league games run without conceding.
Made two important saves, but also made a dreadful error by rushing down unnecessarily and conceding a penalty.
Once again the energy that Kyle provides to this City team is very important and commendable. His vigorous defending and work rate was too much for the Saints to handle.
Stones has been a perfect example of a modern-day centre-back since the beginning of the season. He was precise in everything last night, apart from a switch off momentarily, which let Danny Ings into the City penalty area and Ederson took him out to gift the visitors a penalty.
Laporte and Stones are the preferred pair in the City backline for the future and both of them seems to be adapting to their consecutive roles quite efficiently. Pushing forward with the ball, launching counter-attacks, sending long balls into the final third, and rock-solid defending Laporte was brilliant in every single aspect.
It was once again a “not-so-good” performance from the Frenchman in consecutive games, where the rest of the players were amazing. Mendy was firing down the left flank but also made too many silly defending errors.
The Brazilian is deployed in such a role by Pep Guardiola, which doesn’t seem attractive to the audience but his ‘fetch-and-carry’ role in the heart of the midfield makes him ‘The Engine’.
Bernardo’s Messiesque runs combined with his magical key passes are jaw-dropping. In Kevin De Bruyne’s absence, the Portuguese has stepped in magnificently and was keeping City’s attack ticking in his free-role in the midfield.
David Silva, the magician in the Man City midfield was once again the center of all the forward movements the Sky Blues made. Silva had the arm-band on last night and it was a proud moment for the City captain to score a thunderous left-footed volley in the first half.
Sane’s electrifying pace down the left flank created a lot of room for David Silva and Benjamin Mendy to make runs into and get crosses in. Pep Guardiola had been critical towards the German in recent times, claiming he must improve, and now he is showing his potential. Sane opened the scoring for the Citizens and also scored a goal in the injury time.
Sergio Aguero scored his 150th Premier League goal for Man City but also picked up an unnecessary yellow card. Not just a goal and an assist, the striker’s movement and positioning inside the box were amazing.
Very happy for this win and for scoring my 150th goal on the @premierleague with this great club. A big thanks to all the team and fans for their support. And we’re going for even more! 🤟🏽 #mancity pic.twitter.com/ihFD7qc55q
— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) 4 November 2018
The star performer of last night, Raheem Sterling was making Southampton defenders look like cones. The English winger arguably dropped his best performance last night with two goals and two assists, along with a key part in captain David Silva’s goal.
Since joining the club only @aguerosergiokun has scored more goals for Man City.
Most goals for Man City since Aug 2015:
Sergio Aguero – 102
Raheem Sterling – 50
Kevin De Bruyne – 35
David Silva – 27
Gabriel Jesus – 26 pic.twitter.com/d6ZOgzK0kl
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) 4 November 2018
Vincent Kompany(on for Stones, 68 mins) (6/10):
Blocked a decent strike from Shane Long after coming in at the 68th minute, for John Stones, who deserved a rest.
Phil Foden(on for D. Silva, 72 mins) (7/10):
After replacing captain David Silva, Foden showed glimpses of his magical play and also had a hand in Leroy Sane’s goal.
Fabian Delph (on for Fernandinho, 79 mins) (5/10):
Did not have much to do in the final minutes, it was an average performance from him.