Manchester City held Southampton at the Ethiad Stadium. It was a very frustrating afternoon for the Champions. The result means that Manchester City falls three points the league leaders.
Meanwhile, both teams had a very slow start to the game. Southampton kept Manchester City on their strings. Moreover, Manchester City did not have a shot on target despite having 64 percent of the possession. On the other hand, Southampton had two shots on target.
It was a lacklustre performance by the home side. Manchester City were very sloppy in the midfield. They gave away the ball in the middle of the park easily. Games like these show that Manchester City are truly missing a striker. Moreover, they missed a real presence in the opposition box. The game did not lack creativity, City created plenty of chances but did not convert any of their chances. Also, Kyle Walker escaped a red car incident.
Southampton were excellent throughout the game. In the first half, they created problems for Manchester City with their pressing. Moreover, they did create chances with their pressing but couldn’t finish any of them. Southampton center back Jack Stephens returned from an injury and was solid at the back.
But one player that caught everyone’s eye was former Chelsea player Valentino Livramento. He was tremendous for the Saints. Livramento was defensively solid, he won all of his duels. Moreover, he gave Machester City record signing Jack Grealish a hard time. Livramento is going to be vital for Southampton.
What’s next for Manchester City and Southampton?
Southampton take on Wolves in the Premier League at home. Before playing Wolves Southampton will play against Sheffield United in the EFL Cup. Manchester City will be playing against Wycombe Wanderers in the EFL Cup third round. After Wycombe Manchester City will take on Premier League leader and European Champions Chelsea.
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