Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Sizzling City put six past sorry Southampton

Sizzling City put six past sorry Southampton

Defending champions Manchester City registered yet another dominating win by thrashing Southamption 6-1 in the Premier League.

Manchester City benefitted from some baffling officiating when Raheem Sterling was awarded a penalty against Shakhtar Donetsk. Wesley Hoedt turned into his own net before Sergio Aguero tucked home his 150th Premier League goal and David Silva lashed a third.

On Wednesday night Manchester City's game with Shakhtar Donetsk proved it can't come soon enough as two of the officials somehow didn't spot that it was the ground that tripped Raheem Sterling and not an opposition player.

It took a further six minutes for City to double the lead, Bernardo Silva setting free Sterling on the right and the England forward selflessly squaring for Aguero to hammer in from close range.

But City restored its three-goal cushion on the stroke of halftime with Aguero taking advantage of a mistake by Cedric Soares and crossing for Sterling to get his fifth league goal of the season.

"First 20 minutes was excellent".

"We said it before, everything was pointing to a comfortable City win and you can't really hang Southampton out too much".

"It was always like this, I don't want to be arrogant, but with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, we were always the team with less [goals] conceded", he said. He stepped up to roll home the spot-kick, ending Saints' barren run and netting the first league goal conceded by City since September 1.

"We were a little bit in trouble, so we needed some quality and personality", Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri said of his decision to bring on Hazard as a substitute.

The former Arsenal striker was joined after the match on analysis duty by former Chelsea midfielder Andy Townsend, who pointed to a generational change that makes beating a team like City 'nearly impossible'. In the defensive phase we need to improve.

"In the second half we were better and attacking-wise we had good moments, but we were never going to get anything out of this game unfortunately because of the opening period". "When we can't cover the ball in the opponent's half we are in trouble".

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