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Southampton vs. Manchester City, 2017 Premier League

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Manchester City recorded back-to-back Premier League wins by defeating Southampton 3-0 at St Mary's Stadium, seeing them move into third place in the table.

Vincent Kompany claimed his first goal in 20 months when he headed home David Silva's 55th minute corner.

After the first half finished goalless, Kompany broke the deadlock on the hour mark before Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero sealed the win for the Citizens.

Jack Stephens prevented City from doubling their lead when he blocked Silva's 65th-minute follow up attempt after Forster pushed Kevin De Bruyne's cross back into the line of fire.

"The performance was really good", said Guardiola after the match.

Vincent Kompany scored against Southampton for his first goal since August 2015.

When asked how his team compares to the last eight in the Champions League, which includes Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Barcelona, he said: "We are far away".

This included ex-Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who told BT Sport: "If they had him fit, they'd probably have the league in the bag".

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"This season and last we missed him a lot", the manager said.

"When something like this happens I feel like I'm giving something back to the team and the fans and that's what you see in those moments".

"Manchester United have a game [Sunday] and another game in hand and still have to come to the Etihad", Guardiola added.

While Kompany will grab the headlines for his goal, his work at the other end of the pitch - leadership, organisation and composure - is what the Blues have been lacking at times this season. They almost had it when, after an extended spell in the City half, the Saints captain flicked a header just over Claudio Bravo's crossbar.

Southampton boss Claude Puel, meanwhile, conceded his side were not good enough to take the points.

City face off against Arsenal on Sunday in the FA Cup semi-final and Sane will be keen to inflict more woe on the out-of-form Gunners after finding the net against them in every game so far this season.

"It's a disappointment because we can do better, we can create better opportunities".

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