Sunday 24 September 2017

Manchester City v Southampton - Story of the match

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was unable to guide his side to victory at home to Southampton
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was unable to guide his side to victory at home to Southampton

Pep Guardiola equalled the worst run of his managerial career as Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton at the Etihad Stadium.

A mistake from John Stones presented Nathan Redmond with the opener in the 27th minute and, although substitute Kelechi Iheanacho equalised 10 minutes after the break, City could not find a winner.

The result made it five games without a win for City. The only other time Guardiola has experienced such a sequence of results was at Barcelona more than seven years ago.


"There's a reason why 99.9% of football teams have cleared their lines over 150 years of football" - Stan Collymore was apparently not a fan of City's repeated attempts to play out from the back.


Virgil van Dijk

Although not nearly as costly as Stones, Southampton invested heavily in Dutchman Van Dijk and have been reaping the rewards. A towering figure in the heart of the Saints back four, Van Dijk repelled almost everything thrown at him while projecting an air of calm that could not be said of the opposing defence.


This was the ninth consecutive home Premier League match that City have failed to win after trailing at half-time.


This was not the performance or result that Guardiola was looking for after City's Barcelona hiding. They were sluggish in the first half and failed to register a shot on target, while the danger of playing around at the back was again highlighted by Stones' awful mistake. A tactical change at half-time and the introduction of Iheanacho paid dividends with the equaliser, but they could not find a winner. Southampton more than played their part in restricting City, pressing high and never allowing their opponents time on the ball, and manager Claude Puel had reason to be more than satisfied.


Manchester City

Claudio Bravo: 6

Vincent Kompany: 6

John Stones: 5

Aleksandar Kolarov: 6

Fernandinho: 7

Ilkay Gundogan: 7

David Silva: 7

Kevin De Bruyne: 5

Raheem Sterling: 6

Leroy Sane: 6

Sergio Aguero: 6


Kelechi Iheanacho: 7

Jesus Navas: 5

Nolito: 5


Fraser Forster: 7

Cuco Martina: 6

Virgil van Dijk: 8

Jose Fonte: 7

Sam McQueen: 7

Jordy Clasie: 7

Oriol Romeu: 7

Steven Davis: 6

Dusan Tadic: 7

Nathan Redmond: 7

Charlie Austin: 7


Pierre-Emile Hojberg: 6

Sofiane Boufal: 5

James Ward-Prowse: 5


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