Pep Guardiola expecting tough test against Southampton
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 16, 2017,
Apr 16, 2017, 6:27
Vincent Kompany's first Premier League goal for 20 months prompted an outpouring of relief and frustration after two injury-ravaged seasons for the Manchester City defender.
City were noticeably more solid at the back in their 3-0 win, something you've not often been able to say about them this season.
"Of course the good news was he could play 90 minutes, a tough game at Stamford Bridge and he played at a high, high level".
And with a fully fit Kompany back in the side, you wouldn't bet against Manchester City securing a top-four place.
With recent success from both Southampton and Manchester City, both teams are in a fight for different outcomes.
Manchester City's forgotten man Kelechi Iheanacho scored the vital equaliser for his side in the reverse fixture.
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It is still mathematically possible for Southampton to get European football, while Manchester City is looking for the Champions League.
"We showed we could make good opportunities against this team but it was not sufficient and it was hard for us". If they can move ahead of the Baggies, it will be the third successive season in which Southampton have finished in the top eight. For one thing, there is just a possibility, however slim, that fourth place will only bring a spot in next season's Europa League.
The injury-plagued Kompany has made just seven appearances so far this season, and celebrated passionately in front of the travelling fans.
57% of Southampton's home matches are under 2.5 goals and 71% of their home games are under 3.5 goals in total. From one such counter 15 minutes in, the hosts almost broke the deadlock when Nathan Redmond beat his marker on the left flank and found Manolo Gabbiadini, who in turn played in Dusan Tadic, but the Serbian's wayward effort flew over the crossbar.
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, left, and Southampton's Jack Stephens battle for the ball during the Premier League soccer match between Southampton and Manchester City at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, England.
"Not all the magnificent teams are in the quarter-finals".
The England global somewhat redeemed himself as he beat Aguero to a low delivery from Kevin de Bruyne - taking a knee to the head in the process - with Silva seeing his follow up blocked.
City, perhaps inspired by Bravo's heroics, promptly wrapped up the win with two goals in three minutes.
Goals: Kompany (55), Sane (77), Aguero (80).
That is because UEFA rules do not allow six teams from one national association to compete in the Champions League at the same time.