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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola described a Southampton favorite as the best he has ever seen in a particular aspect of the game, while Raheem Sterling downplayed a common complaint from Jurgen Klopp.
City man won three points against top-flight Southampton at St. Mary’s.
Both teams had abundant scoring opportunities, but the first-half goal drawn by Kevin De Bruyne and scored by Sterling would ultimately prove decisive.
Talking to the BBC after the game, Guardiola He said: “We had the momentum in the second half, but we couldn’t score and we almost suffered.
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“They put a lot of players in; they provoke you to be narrow. It’s hard. They don’t allow you to be compact, that’s why they are so good. That is why they are creating problems.
“They have the best free-throw shooter I’ve ever seen in my life. [James] Ward-Prowse. Your position at the table, Ralph [Hasenhuttl] he’s doing an excellent job.
“It is a good result for us, it will help us a lot going into our EFL Cup game.
“Defensively we were excellent. Last season we fought a lot. Ruben [Dias] it has helped us a lot. John [Stones] the last few games have been exceptional.
“We keep playing more and more to create more opportunities.
“I’m jealous of Southampton, they can have fans, we don’t. Everyone can agree that we would love to have fans again. But we have to be vigilant. We have to be careful. “
Sterling ignores fixture congestion complaints
Man City Match Winner – Raheem Sterling – took lightly the controversy that has erupted over the congestion of the accessories.
Speaking initially about the performance, the England forward told the BBC: “It was a tough match, they have been doing very well in recent weeks. Today’s message was to show passion. He shows aggressiveness and I think we have succeeded.
“I am happy to be on the roster, but the most important thing was to polish the result.
“You have to grant the least amount possible. We’ve done it, we just have to score a few more at the other end.
“Trust is key. (Southampton) is very confident at the moment. We have strengthened our confidence and are returning to a high level.
“We know what we can do on the attack front. Me and some other attackers have to step up. Hopefully we can do it in the next few weeks. “
Regarding match congestion, something that has become a particular point of discussion for Klopp in recent months, he concluded: “We are footballers, that’s how we like it, we want game after game. I’m happy to play again tomorrow ”.