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3 talking points from Manchester City’s comfortable victory over Southampton

Manchester City returned to winning ways after the derby defeat on Sunday as they thrashed Southampton in the mid-week clash.

Manchester City were back to their best as they defeated Southampton, 5-2 in the Premier League clash on Wednesday. A brace each from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez set up the City’s victory at the Etihad Stadium. Ilkay Gundogan continued his impressive form in front of the goal, by registering his 14th goal of the season.

With this victory, Pep Guardiola‘s men have moved 14 points clear of their local rivals, Manchester United who do have an extra game in hand. Mahrez was the star of the show yet again for City, as he scored two crucial goals and could have bagged himself a hattrick if not for the post, however, the rebound was neatly put away by Gundogan.

Southampton were causing a few problems to City’s defence in the early stages of the game, and even themselves a penalty, which was converted by James Ward Prowse. The score was 1-1, just five minutes before heading into half-time when Riyad Mahrez stepped up and took matters into his own hands. From there on, the hosts were convincing enough to seal the three points.
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RIYAD MAHREZ HAS BECOME THE BACKBONE OF MANCHESTER CITY

Riyad Mahrez continued to impress for the home side, as he scored two goals and set up Gundogan for his only goal against Southampton. The Algerian left-winger is showing signs of his former self at Leicester City who toiled with the opposition by twisting and turning in the penalty area. Mahrez has started in all of the previous eight league outings for Pep Guardiola and has become the backbone of City’s attack.

The left-footed winger has scored four goals in his two starts at the Etihad Stadium, taking his total tally to nine league goals. He also helped his side secure another three vital points against West Ham United, as he set up John Stones winner a few weeks ago. The Algerian has cemented his place on the right-wing, after competing with the likes of Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva and Ferran Torres for a place in the starting lineup.