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Southampton vs Man City: Match Report | Premier League 2017/18


City will look to end the season in style this afternoon. They will be looking to become the first team in the English top flight to reach 100 points

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Four changes tonight  for our century-chasing Blues.

In come Sterling, De Bruyne, Stones and Delph with Zinchenko, Toure, Jesus and Kompany replaced.

This is how City lined-up for the final game of the season

Man City XI: Bravo, Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Delph, Fernandinho (C), Gundogan, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Sane, Sterling.

Subs: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Jesus, Zinchenko, Foden, Diaz.

What Happened?

Manchester City remained locked in a limp, goalless encounter at the break with Southampton. Good defensive play from the Saints. Hughes has this team setup to defend well.

Both sides created enough chances but neither have found the breakthrough. The century of points is important to become a real identity historically.

Man City get back into the second half as they are the better team on the ball pressuring Southampton’s defence.

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Pep Guardiola have definitely got some motivational words in the dressing room. City are much composed team in the second half.

The second half looks like a stalemate, Blues are charging into Saint defence.

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Manchester City left it late and take a breakthrough with Gabriel Jesus chip shot in injury time. Beautiful pass from De Bruyne finding Gabriel Jesus and he chips the ball over McCarthy exquisitely.

Full Time: Southampton 0-1 Man City 

Gabriel Jesus’ injury time winner means that Pep Guardiola’s side become the first top-flight side in English football history to reach 100 points in a single season.

City end this sensational season with sensational win.

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Who Said What:

Pep Guardiola: “What can I say? 100 points – 50 points at home and 50 points away. It’s massive.

“100 points in the Premier League – you cannot imagine.

“The record will be broken but it will be difficult. They would have to do many things.”

“We had the challenge to break records. We had a target.

“We were lucky in some moments. In the last moment, the quality from Kevin De Bruyne and the moment from Gabriel Jesus was fantastic.

“We have achieved something unique. We broke everything! When we started, it was about trying to play well and improve every day. We found during the process we were winning games. It is magnificent.”

On De Bruyne: “Unfortunately, he didn’t get the Player of the Year. Mo Salah was outstanding but Kevin deserved it too.

“He was in the team, he won the league, making good football. He was a key player for us all of the season.”

On Brahim Diaz and Phil Foden: “Now, they are Champions.

“It is an English rule that they cannot be Champions if they haven’t played five games but this achievement is for the group.

“They deserve to be Champions – they deserve the medal.

“We are going to celebrate with our fans at the parade tomorrow and after that, holidays and I will see the World Cup at home.”

Kevin De Bruyne: “It was a beautiful ending. To get 100 points is unbelievable.

“We tried everything and we had to wait until the last second! It was a very emotional end to the season.”

“I saw Gabriel Jesus making a run deep and I tried it (the pass).

“It was all or nothing. When I played the ball, I knew it was behind (the defence). He controlled it well and finished it the way he did. It was beautiful.”

On winning the Premier League Playmaker of the Year award: “It feels good. It means I did a good job.

“I’m a creator – I try and create chances for my teammates. If they score, I get the assist.

“It’s beautiful – we broke every record. To have 100 points, I don’t think a lot of teams will do that.

“After we became Champions, it was the only thing to play for and it’s not that easy. The intensity goes down a little – you party a little bit too much and train less!

“Your focus goes a little bit but we’ve been unbelievable.”

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