Pep Guardiola: Give me time to turn Man City around'

April. 16 (ANI): Manchester City came out with a dominant performance as they defeated Southampton 3-0 to strengthen their hopes of a top-four Premier League finish at the St. Mary's Stadium here on Saturday.

De Bruyne was also the architect for the third, clipping a right-wing cross to the far post for Aguero to secure City's first win in four away matches.

The result means that seven points now separate City from fifth place, and Guardiola acknowledged that it is another step towards their goal of qualifying for the Champions League.

"The performance was really good", said Guardiola after the match.

It took them a while to find the breakthrough, but as soon as Vincent Kompany found the back of the net on the 55 minute mark, City have ran riot.

"Last season Manuel [Pellegrini] was so upset he could not use him and this season is the same".

Kompany is in his ninth season on these shores and remains the only City player to lift the Premier League trophy as captain.

"When something like this happens I feel like I'm giving something back to the team and the fans and that's what you see in those moments".

He said: "We are far away - not in terms of the quality, in terms of how we play situations".

Manchester City strengthened their hopes of a top-four Premier League finish as a slick second-half display saw off a subdued Southampton.

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

"Qualifying for the Champions League is so important for the club and the players know that". Southampton, meanwhile, sit safely in mid-table with 40 points from 31 games.

After Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal, City host the Manchester derby, which their manager billed as "the real final". Shane Long, 28, will be a threat to Manchester City while Nathan Ward, 23, is emerging as a real talent for his team. They had a good recovery of the ball, high up the pitch.

The press wifi password on the day at St. Mary's was "holiday" and with Puel's men seemingly joining their media team on the beach from now on, here are FIVE things we learned from their defeat to Manchester City...

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