Manchester City hit three past Southampton to go third
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 18:46
Injury-hit skipper Vincent Kompany headed David Silva's left-wing corner past keeper Fraser Forster's weak save for his first goal in 20 months.
The excellent Leroy Sane added a second on the counter-attack, and moments later Sergio Aguero nodded his 11th goal in as many games from a Kevin De Bruyne cross.
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Minutes later and the Japanese global had his head in his hands again when, having caught the Saints back line napping, Kevin De Bryune broke and squared to Sane, who calmly slotted past the helpless Forster.
Kompany is in his ninth season on these shores and remains the only City player to lift the Premier League trophy as captain.
"The most important thing for us is to keep the good feeling between ourselves; then we can go up against this team".
Manuel (Pellegrini) was upset that he could not use him last season.
"You cannot do that if you are not a good guy, you cannot do that if you are not humble, you cannot do that if you think just of yourself and not the team", he said of De Bruyne's willingness to be versatile.
"It's not the time to talk about that or the players who are going to stay here", Guardiola said on Thursday ahead of City's game with Southampton this weekend.
City strolled to victory at St Mary's but can expect a far tougher test at Wembley on Sunday when they face Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-finals.
Guardiola billed the latter clash, next Thursday, as the equivalent of a final, a potential eliminator for a top-four finish and a place in the Champions League next season.
Nine minutes from time Aguero got the goal he had threatened in the first half.
"That's where we have missed [Ilkay] Gundogan a lot and it is my mistake not to give more minutes to Fabian Delph, for example". "Disappointment but not just about the result but about our play", he said "We can do better".
"For me it's always a long journey back", Kompany told BT Sport.