Manchester City returned to winning ways as they brushed Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men aside 5-2 at the Etihad, in an entertaining game.
City go 14 points clear at the top of the Premier League and are now 6 wins away from winning the Premier League, whilst Southampton remain in 14th on 33 points, 7 points clear of the drop.
Phil Foden put in another top class performance, contributing three assists and also should have had a penalty, when he latched onto a a back pass and seemed to be caught as he rounded McCarthy. He stayed on his feet and no penalty was awarded but it may have been a different call if he’d gone to ground.
On the penalty he told Sky Sports, “I’m an honest guy and I never like to dive, 100% I thought it was a penalty.”
Pep Guardiola also couldn’t believe it wasn’t given.
🗣”John (Moss) can not see it, but the VAR is there, this action is really IN-CRED-IBLE, IN-CRED-IBLE””
Pep Guardiola was not happy that Manchester City were not awarded a penalty in the first half and questioned VAR’s recent decisions in other games pic.twitter.com/JQxXirRo53
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) March 10, 2021
In the end it had little impact on the result and speaking on his Man of the Match performance and responding to Sunday’s defeat he said:
💬 “It wasn’t nice losing the derby. You know how big that game is for us. We rolled our sleeves up today.”
Phil Foden produced a hat-trick of assists as Man City returned to winning ways in comprehensive fashion! 👏 pic.twitter.com/nsLt683VZ0
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) March 10, 2021
City too good
City could really have scored at will in the game, such was the Saints back line, but they didn’t have it all their way.
Kevin De Bruyne gave City the lead after 15 minutes after Alex McCarthy saved Phil Foden’s low shot, but could only put into the path of the Belgian who lashed it home off the bar.
Southampton weren’t behind for long though as they were awarded a penalty after Aymeric Laporte pulled down Jannik Vestergaard after a VAR check. James Ward Prowse dispatched the spot kick.
City retook the lead in the 39th minute when Riyad Mahrez cut inside and curled the ball into the net from the edge of the area and Mahrez was involved again as his shot hit the post and Ilkay Gundogan put the rebound in.
Mahrez and De Bruyne both scored again in the second half and Che Adams pulled one back for the Saints.
Next up for City is a trip to Fulham on Saturday whilst Southampton face Brighton in a South Coast relegation match up.
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This article was edited by Tom Canton.