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Manchester City overtook Southampton at the Etihad Stadium as Pep Guardiola’s side continued their strong start to the season

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Joao Cancelo put City ahead and Phil Foden doubled their lead before the break. Riyad Mahrez scored early in the second half and Erling Haaland grabbed his obligatory goal as City dominated from start to finish.

With the win, they move to 23 points for the season as they remain unbeaten and momentarily top of the standings.

The Saints have now lost four in a row and have just seven points in their first nine games.


What we learned from Manchester City v Southampton

Intensity key as City gain momentum: All eyes will now be on City’s next game in the Premier League, their trip to Liverpool next Sunday. They are well ahead of Liverpool so far this season, but their struggles at Anfield in recent seasons are well documented and Jurgen Klopp’s pressing style puts them off. It looks like Peak City, though. They are hungry to get the ball back, have quality when they do and they have so many fit and flying players. It’s hard not to predict that City will run away with the Premier League title this season and this upcoming fixture at Anfield will show just how much they have accelerated away from Liverpool over the summer.

Saints cannot be judged on this defeat: Ahead of this match, there was increasing pressure on Ralph Hasenhuttl amid reports that he would soon be fired. It wasn’t a terrible display from the Saints, but it was all about damage limitation. The three defeats (by one goal) against Everton, Aston Villa and Wolves before that did their damage. Let’s see if Hasenhuttl has the next few weeks to try to push them up the rankings, as back-to-back games against West Ham and Bournemouth look crucial to whether or not he has time to turn things around. After almost four years in charge, he has kept Saints in the Premier League, but now that their new owners have spent a lot of money this summer on talented youngsters, they seem to be demanding more back.

Tactical orientation

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After a very slow start, Pep Guardiola made an intriguing tactical change that helped revive his side. He changed from the 4-3-3 system to a 3-4-2-1 as Cancelo played at left-back and dominated the game. This change created overloads that Southampton could not handle as Kyle Walker-Peters was isolated and City were ruthless. This move to a three-man central defense gave City the extra man higher up the pitch and they took full advantage of it.

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Pep Guardiola happy with display; praise for Foden, Haaland

“The result is good, we are playing pretty well. We struggled to break their high pressing. Last season we suffered a lot against them but today we were much better. Some players weren’t at their best but we created a lot of chances. We were solid. It was a good game. For a long time, Phil Foden played very well. The impact of his part is great. Erling Haaland again had chances. He scored a brilliant goal. It’s an incredible weapon for us, a great threat. I am so satisfied. – Pep Guardiola at BBC Sport

Ralph Hasenhuttl on his future as Saints boss

“It’s not my decision to make. Since I’ve been here, and it’s been almost four years, we have been fighting for results. The problem is not today, it’s other weeks where we didn’t get enough points As long as I’m here [we will still fight].” – Ralph Hasenhuttl at BBC Sport

The stars of the show

Joao Cancelo: Sensational goal to drive City forward and oozing quality on the ball. Great cross for Haaland’s goal too.

Phil Foden: Nice assist and goal and he is so hungry to get the ball back.

And after?

Man City travel to Copenhagen on Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League group stage and then play a massive fixture at Liverpool on Sunday, October 16. Southampton host West Ham next Sunday.

How to watch Manchester City vs Southampton live, stream link and start time

Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET, Saturday
TV channel: Peacock
Online: broadcast via Peacock Bounty

Key scenarios

City look unstoppable at the moment and Haaland and De Bruyne are tearing teams apart. Not to mention Guardiola has a stable of amazing players to rotate and they look hungrier than ever to show everyone how good they are. After beating Manchester United 6-3 at home last weekend, Guardiola’s only concern is how they turned off late to score a few goals. That said, City were barely in second gear at the time and could have scored 10 goals, at least, against their bitter rivals. For Southampton, well, they have the youngest team in the Premier League and it shows. There have been ups and downs so far this season and they have come off the wrong side of four one-goal losses in their last five games. There’s not much wrong (other than not having a better striker) but after this game at City they need to pick up some big wins to stop a growing wave of dissent towards Hasenhuttl. Strange fact: Saints drew home and away against Man City in the PL last season.

In-form players to watch

Basically, the whole City squad are in fine form, but Haaland, De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish all look amazing, while Manuel Akanji has integrated perfectly into the centre-back. Southampton’s best player this season has been Armel Bella-Kotchap, closely followed by Romeo Lavia (bought from Manchester City this summer) but the latter remains injured. Joe Aribo quietly scored a few points and did his best to launch their attack.

Manchester City squad news, injuries, roster

John Stones, Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips remain injured, while Rodri was not a risk for the Manchester derby but returns to the starting lineup. All of this means that Ake starts at left-back with Cancelo at right-back with Akanji and Dias at centre-back. Riyad Mahrez replaces Jack Grealish in attack.

Southampton squad news, injuries, roster

Lavia is close to a comeback, while Tino Livramento is speeding up his recovery from a long knee injury. Hasenhuttl brought Salisu, Perraud, Diallo and Adam Armstrong into the starting lineup as it looks like he’s returned to his preferred 4-2-2-2 formation.