Throughout this week Manchester City’s only match was a visiting tilt against Southampton on April 15. This particular match was much anticipated for the return of the oft injured captain of City, Vincent Kompany. One look at the Premier League table and one might think that this match could turn into an onslaught. On the other hand, Southampton has been riding a hot streak, picking up seven points in their last three games prior to this match.
The match would begin with City dominating in possession, however it was Southampton who would have the best scoring chance of the first half. It would be Southampton’s Dusan Tadic receiving a feed a from Manolo Gabbiadini just before launching a rushed shot over the goal despite having both time and space to create more. As the first half of the match wound down, City would continuously become more aggressive, however, their inability to put a bid on net would be one of the themes of a closing first half.
It was not until 55 minutes into the match when Jesus Navas would have his bid tipped high over the goal. The resulting corner would lead to Vincent Kompany heading home the opening goal of the match. This emotional goal for City’s returning captain would serve as his first Premier League goal since 2015 and spark his club to continue throwing everything they could towards the goal.
Despite the aggressive play, the score would remain 1-0 until the 77th minute when Leroy Sane buried a shot on the rush created by a Southampton turnover. Some slick passing by City directly following the turnover would allow Kevin De Bruyne to spot a wide open Sane.
Just three minutes after Sane’s tally, Sergio Aguero would add another tally via a header off a feed from Kevin De Bruyne. De Bruyne was able to send a high feed that looped right down for Aguero’s finnish.
As a result of the victory, City was able to temporarily pass ahead of Liverpool for third on the Premier League table.
Pep Speaks After Victory
Pep had much to be pleased with after his club’s victory over Southampton earlier this week. It was an all around dominating victory for the club which earned a much needed three points from the tilt. In his postgame press conference, Pep spoke highly of how happy he was for his players to be able to finish out this campaign on a strong note. He also had high praise for his team’s ability to effectively control the pace of the game with their passing dominance. Finally, Pep had strong words about Vincent Kompany after his game winning goal. He spoke about how crucial he is to City’s success and, as a result of injuries, has been missed dearly by the club.
City’s Youth Looks to Make an Impression
The players of Man City’s youth club are well aware of the possibilities that open up with strong performances. This results from the knowledge that first team manager, Pep Guardiola is always watching the goings on of the youth club. They began their competition for the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday with a 1-1 draw against Chelsea. Phil Foden was able to account for the only goal from City’s youth on top of an otherwise strong showing. The youngster could not have picked a better time to impress as both Pep Guardiola and Vincent Kompany were watching from inside the arena. To make the matchup a touch more interesting, Chelsea have beaten City’s youth for the past two campaigns for the FA Youth Cup. City’s head coach, Lee Carsley, went on to say that “we want to be the team to put an end to their domination.” We will have to wait and see if that is a possibility over the coming weeks.
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