How Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton kept rampaging Manchester City at bay ... again

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How Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton kept rampaging Manchester City at bay ... again
© GETTY IMAGES How Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton side kept rampaging Manchester City at bay … again – GETTY IMAGES

  • Kyle Walker-Peters scores his first Premier League goal to put Southampton ahead
  • Aymeric Laporte equalises in 65th minute, a header from a Kevin De Bruyne free kick
  • Manchester City’s 12-game winning streak ends

Southampton have twice this season done something beyond the limits of Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and most of the rest of the Premier League: stop Manchester City from winning.

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After a goalless finish at the Etihad in September, this draw at St Mary’s on Saturday gave pause to City’s relentless victory march. And offered flickering hope to the rest that there are, after all, ways to stop what appears to be an inevitable surge to the title.

Though Ralph Hasenhuttl, the Southampton manager, joked there was another way of looking at the two draws his team had achieved against the title favourites.

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“You could say we have dropped four points against them,” he smiled.

What was most noticeable about their performance was that Southampton had not set out simply to prevent City from playing. They had not parked the bus. They counter-attacked with vigour and pace, Kyle Walker-Peters upending all expectation by scoring a superb early goal.

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But what was more revealing was the manner in which they held onto their lead. This was a model for how the rest of the division might approach playing City.

Because there was nothing flukey about the way they did it. Although City were marginally less ruthless in their finishing than they have been at times this season (Raheem Sterling, in particular, might rue the chance he fluffed), there was no indication that Pep Guardiola’s side had gone off the boil. They attacked with their usual relentless drive. They passed and moved with their standard ease. But they found that Southampton presented them with a problem they rarely encounter: an absolute refusal to yield.

Hasenhuttl had set up his side to give City pause for thought across the pitch. Che Adams and Armando Broja provided a muscular threat which stopped the City centre-backs from easily playing out from the back. Oriol Romeu and James Ward-Prowse were a magnificent protective shield for the defence, while Fraser Forster used his extensive frame to block anything that came his way. But it was centre-back Mohammed Salisu who really made the difference as the epitome of Southampton’s resistance.

He was everywhere as City poured forward, his legs apparently telescopic as he executed a series of last-ditch tackles. The moment he was hit full in the face by a volley struck with characteristic power by Phil Foden was indicative. He was hit hard enough to be knocked off his feet. But he simply got up, shook his head and looked for the next City incursion that needed stopping.

It was a performance of bravery, dynamism and, more to the point, intelligent reading of the game.

Apart from the heart-stopping moment he upended Kevin De Bruyne as he strode into the Southampton area – an intervention that required an age of the Var’s time eventually to decide it was not illegal – all his tackles were perfectly timed, perfectly executed, perfectly judged. The roars that greeted his blocks, headers and interceptions built to the point his every action was serenaded as if he had scored the winner.

Mind, it had been a while coming. Hasenhuttl bought the young Ghanaian from Valladolid in the summer of 2020 for nearly £11 million. The idea was to slowly integrate him into the Southampton way. And slow was the word: it took him six months to make his debut, in a fifth-round FA Cup tie in February 2021. But this season, he has looked what his manager always reckoned he would be: a defender with a footballing brain to match his towering physical presence.

“We always spoke about the long-term project we have with him, to give him the time to adapt to our game,” Hasenhuttl said. “Give him the time to be fit enough for our game. And now you see how strong he is and how well-developed we have him.”

Indeed, watching the 22-year-old dispossess Jack Grealish, tackle Bernardo Silva and throw himself into the path of Foden’s fizzing drive, it would not be an exaggeration to suggest Southampton have a prospect as exciting as they once had in Virgil van Dijk. He was that good.

Walker-Peters gives City early shock as Southampton frustrate champions

By Jim White at St Mary’s Stadium

For more than an hour at a raucous St Mary’s, Southampton showed the rest of the Premier League how it could be done. For 64 minutes they kept a rampant Manchester City in check. Having seized the lead, they defended like titans. As they put a brake on City’s 12-match winning spin, this was a masterclass of obduracy.

How Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton kept rampaging Manchester City at bay ... again
© Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images Kyle Walker-Peters of Southampton opens the scoring in the seventh minute – Kyle Walker-Peters gives Manchester City early shock as Southampton show how to frustrate champions – GETTY IMAGES

But the point about Pep Guardiola’s side is they did not arrive in a position of dominance over the English game by chance. Whatever the scale of the obstacle placed in front of their progress, they remain determined to find a way round it. And, while the manner they finally found a way through to seize a point may not have matched the aesthetics of much of their play this season, find a way they did.

Mind, it was not easy. No point accrued as they have eased away at the top of the table has been as hard won as this against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s resistors. Boy, did they have to fight for this.

“That is why it is the highest prize you can achieve, because it is so difficult,” said Guardiola of the Premier League title. “We make an excellent performance against an excellent side. But even if we had won today, it would not be over.”

Guardiola had spent much of the build-up to the game lavishing praise on the Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse and his ability with a free-kick. But it was another of their double-barrelled contingent who delivered the unexpected twist to the usual narrative before the game had had time to settle. Kyle Walker-Peters has spent much of the season watching Tino Livramento embellish his reputation on the right of Southampton’s defence. But in the former Chelsea player’s absence through injury, in the twelfth minute Walker-Peters gloriously seized his moment.

How Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton kept rampaging Manchester City at bay ... again
© Provided by The Telegraph Kyle Walker-Peters (not pictured) scores the opening goal, curling the ball past Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson with the outside of his foot – Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

Che Adams kept possession when a clearance landed at his feet, even as the City defenders snapped at his heels. He pushed the ball to Oriol Romeu, who found Walker-Peters barrelling down the right wing, and he in turn played in Nathan Redmond behind Joao Cancelo. Redmond shrewdly returned the ball to the full- back, who had kept running and clipped a shot with the outside of his boot, bending it beyond Ederson.

The sense of euphoria enveloping St Mary’s went up a notch a few minutes later when Armando Broja strode forward behind the City defence and slipped the ball beyond Ederson. However, it was clear he had started from an offside position.

City began looking oddly out of sorts. And it was not simply their attire. Quite why they felt it necessary to wear an all-navy change kit, as if sky blue and white was an impossible clash with red white and black, only their marketing department can say. Characteristically they carved many an opening with their precise, clever passing. But it was in front of goal that things seemed awry.

Cancelo, for instance, scurried forward on to Kevin De Bruyne’s pass, but crossed tamely into Fraser Forster’s hands. Jack Grealish ghosted into the Southampton box, but his cross hit Mohammed Salisu, And then there was the chance Raheem Sterling squandered. Phil Foden’s delicious cut-back found him alone and unmarked about six yards out from goal. But he took a moment too long to set himself for the shot, a moment in which Forster could leap in and save.

Southampton were by now obliged to defend constantly; Salisu in particular throwing himself into every challenge. Whenever the ball was cleared up front, however, Adams and Broja were giving Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte a nightmare of old-school muscular centre-forward play.

City began the second half apparently with Guardiola’s words of admonition ringing in their ears. Chances were immediately carved out. Their passing was as ever slick and swift. Until, that is, they arrived in the penalty area, when the killer final ball eluded them. But  Southampton were not making it easy. It involved falling back into two lines of four whenever City had the ball, snapping into every tackle, squeezing space and time. And when a chance came, as when Foden met Kyle  Walker’s cross with a perfect volley, Forster was there to beat the ball away.

How Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton kept rampaging Manchester City at bay ... again
© Provided by The Telegraph Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is tackled by Southampton’s Mohammed Salisu – GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images

But the thing about this City side, what marks them out as title favourites, is that the goals can come from anywhere. When substitute Gabriel Jesus was fouled, Foden ran over the ensuing free-kick, De Bruyne – perhaps piqued by his manager’s insistence that Ward-Prowse was the best set-piece man in the country – swung a delightful cross into the box and Laporte headed home.

And from there, it was a mark of Guardiola’s relentlessness that City did not sit on parity. There was no easing off. They chased a winner as if they were merely a point ahead of the pack, rather than 11. They moved the ball from side to side with pace, trying to pull open spaces in a defence that had for so much of the match appeared impregnable. De Bruyne bent a shot past Forster, but against a post. And Southampton, Salisu magnificent in his refusal to yield, held on.

“For the first 30 minutes we were exceptional, we scored a beautiful goal,”” said Hasenhuttl.  “But they have more gears than we have. They find solutions and really push you back on the edge of your box. They never let you breathe, they come again and come again.”

But his side held out and for the second time this season, following their goalless draw at the Etihad in September, emerged with a point against Guardiola’s side. It is some trick he has pulled off. Not many have managed to do what his team did here: make City look mortal.

Southampton vs Manchester City, as it happened:

08:31 PM

That’s all for our coverage today

Thank you for joining us. Southampton have proven to be City’s bogey team this season, having also dropped points in the reverse fixture at the Etihad in September, which ended 0-0. 

City remain very much on top with 57 points, 12 ahead of Liverpool – although the Merseyside team do have two games in hand. Southampton are in a congested mid table, 12th on 25 points, with Leicester also on 25 and Villa on 26.

We’ll be back tomorrow with coverage of Crystal Palace vs Liverpool (2pm) and Chelsea vs Spurs (4:30pm).

07:50 PM

“I’m almost stretching as I finish and I use the outside of my foot…”

“You can’t describe it.” 🤩

Kyle Walker-Peters was delighted to grab his first Premier League goal in Southampton’s draw with Manchester City – and what a goal it was! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/jtytdVKRlx

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 22, 2022

07:36 PM

City’s equaliser – a lethal cross from De Bruyne

Manchester City are level!

A brilliant delivery from Kevin De Bruyne is headed home by Aymeric Laporte 💥 pic.twitter.com/76E6JysDHg

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 22, 2022

07:29 PM

Full time: Southampton 1-1 Manchester City

Outstanding performances at the back from Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men.

That’s the first time in 13 games that City have dropped points – and the second time this season that they’ve dropped points against Southampton. 

City still have commanding lead at the top of the table, but it edges open the door for the chasing back. Liverpool are 12 points behind, but have two games in hand – and the two title rivals still have to play each other in the run-in. 

How Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton kept rampaging Manchester City at bay ... again
© Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images Ralph Hasenhuttl reacts at full time – Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images

07:25 PM

90+6 mins

Ederson with a long ball and he’s found De Bruyne, who fires towards the Southampton goal, from a wide position in the box. Out for a corner. 

07:23 PM

90+4 mins

Perraud’s come down on his ankle and there’s a brief pause in play. 

07:22 PM

90+1 mins

Elyounoussi with a foul – he gets a yellow – and City have a free kick in a similar position as the one they scored.

It’s fired in by De Bruyne, but Salisu is there to block and stab the ball away. A man of the match performance from the Ghanaian tonight!

07:20 PM

90 mins

Six minutes of added time. 

Can the Saints hold on?

07:19 PM

90 mins

Salisu with a superb tackle to stop De Bruyne getting through. He’s been spectacular tonight.

Mohammed Salisu’s name rings out around St Mary’s. 

07:18 PM

89 mins

Southampton try to create space to run into down the left channel, but it’s forced out again.

07:17 PM

87 mins

De Bruyne with another long range effort, but it’s just wide of Forster’s left-hand post. I don’t think he was getting to that.

07:15 PM

86 mins

Elyounoussi breaks from the centre, but he takes too long to make the decision to put Broja or Adams through and he’s forced out on the left. 

07:14 PM

84 mins

Southampton get a rare period of possession.

Diallo goes for a shot, edge of the box, but it’s easily gathered by Ederson.

Now City’s turn to launch another offensive. 

07:12 PM

82 mins – Southampton sub

Armstrong, who was nearly shown a red, is brought off; Diallo comes on.

07:10 PM

81 mins

Cancelo flashes a ball across the box… Jesus is in on the far post, but Perraud is in front of him and is able to see the ball away. 

07:09 PM

80 mins

No red card – and probably the correct decision.  It was mistimed, but not malicious. 

07:08 PM

79 mins

Another VAR check for a high boot by Armstrong on Laporte’s thigh. He’s already been given a yellow for it, but will he be shown red? Are we looking at serious foul play? 

07:07 PM

78 mins

No penalty. They had to look at that over and over again. 

07:06 PM

77 mins

There’s a VAR check going on here for a penalty for a foul by both Salisu and Romeu on De Bruyne. 

Was he in the box? They’re looking for conclusive evidence here. 

07:02 PM

72 mins – Saints sub

Bednarek is off, Lyanco is on. 

07:01 PM

72 mins

Finally some respite for Southampton as Broja is fouled. 

07:00 PM

71 mins

Jesus with a header at the far post! 

Forster has done just enough to block the gap. Wave and waves of City attacks since their goal. 

The Saints can hardly clear their lines. 

How Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton kept rampaging Manchester City at bay ... again
© GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images Gabriel Jesus header – GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images

06:59 PM

70 mins

De Bruyne smashes the woodwork! 

On the next City wave, he picks the ball up edge of the D and curls it towards Forster’s goal. It rattles back off Forster’s left-hand post. 

06:58 PM

68 mins

It looks like Salisu blocked with his face from the Foden shot. He did well to stay up, but that must’ve been painful – Foden really connected. 

06:57 PM

67 mins

City corner. It’s taken short. Cancelo receives the ball in space, edge of the D.

He winds up and fires it towards the Southampton goal, but there are enough players in the way to block.

City have another chance, even closer, but it’s too congested in the Saint’s box and the home side clear their lines. 

06:55 PM

65 mins GOAL! SOUTHAMPTON 1-1 MANCHESTER CITY

De Bruyne sends the cross in from the free kick and Laporte is on the end of it. He heads the ball firmly past Forster. 

A couple of other City players were offside when it came in, but not Laporte. The goal stands. 

How Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton kept rampaging Manchester City at bay ... again
© REUTERS/Dylan Martinez Aymeric Laporte heads past Forster to equalise for Man City – REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

06:52 PM

64 mins

Adams concedes a free kick for a lazy challenge, 35 yards out on the right hand side.

06:51 PM

63 mins

We’re back under way – Armstrong looks fine. 

06:51 PM

62 mins

A brief stop in play as Armstrong receives medical attention.

06:49 PM

59 mins – Man City sub

Sterling off; Jesus on.

End of the night for the England man, who’s had City’s best chance of the game. 

CITY SUB | @gabrieljesus9 replaces @sterling7 🔄

🔴 1-0 🔵 #ManCity pic.twitter.com/RVJ7LMTs74

— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 22, 2022

06:47 PM

58 mins

Rodri with an effort, outside the D. It whistles just over the crossbar.

It looks like City are about to make a sub here. 

06:47 PM

56 mins

City passing around in the final third, but there’s no way through.

In the end, the ball is sent into Foden in the box. He hits it on the volley, great technique, but it’s straight at Forster.

A chorus of When the Saints Go Marching In echoes around St Mary’s as Southampton break.

06:44 PM

52 mins

Broja with a chance! He’s played through by Armstrong, and is one-on-one with Ederson, but tussling with Laporte. The City defender manages to do just enough and Broja has to settle for a corner. 

It’s whipped in by Ward-Prowse, Broja is almost to it, it drops to  Bednarek and he hits it as he’s falling backwards. It’s fired wide, but a great attack from the home side.

06:39 PM

49 mins

A tussle in midfield as Southampton try to counter through Adams. He’s caught out though and City come forward again. They win a corner. 

Foden sends it in, Laporte gets a head on it, but he can’t direct it on target. 

High intensity from both sides in the opening few minutes of the half. 

06:36 PM

47 mins

Rodri fires an outside-of-the-box shot towards Forster’s goal. It takes a bounce and forces Forster to save. City corner. 

06:35 PM

46 mins

Bednarek header into the near post from a Southampton corner… but Erderson reacts well.

Great head by the Polish international. 

06:33 PM

Second half begins

And we’re back

06:33 PM

Southampton sub

A change for #SaintsFC at the break.

Well played, Nathan Redmond 👏 [1-0] pic.twitter.com/NDfPYGhiYv

— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 22, 2022

06:23 PM

City’s best chance of the half

Raheem Sterling can’t believe he’s missed…😳

Manchester City should be level but Fraser Forster gets in the way of the shot! ⛔ pic.twitter.com/dVjn84QkN4

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 22, 2022

06:22 PM

HT: SOUTHAMPTON 1-0 MANCHESTER CITY

Southampton have given everything this half and go into the break 1-0 up. 

City have been playing their possession football and have created chances, the best falling to Sterling, but the Southampton defence has been alert and in the right positions throughout. 

City’s winning run is under threat, but can the Saints keep up this intensity in the second 45? 

How Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton kept rampaging Manchester City at bay ... again
© GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images Southampton’s English defender Kyle Walker-Peters celebrates after scoring the opening goal  – GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images

06:16 PM

45 mins

Salisu with an incredible sliding tackle to take the ball away from Walker in the Saints’ box. He’s absolutely delighted with that – and rightly so, he’s put a great shift in this first half.

Two minutes of added time to come. 

06:15 PM

44 mins

Grealish, to Rodri in the centre, edge of the D. He picks out Walker  with a through ball down the right channel to fire a low cross into the box, but Forster is able to smother it. 

06:12 PM

40 mins

Bernardo Silva, into Walker. He tries to get a cross in, but it’s cleared.

No way through for City yet. Southampton are looking convincing in defence.

06:10 PM

37 mins

A golden chance for Sterling is squandered! 

The ball is played across goal by Foden; it’s eluded Perraud and Sterling has the entire goal to aim at. He just tries to place it, but Forster has made himself big enough to block the effort.

Very well done by Forster, but Sterling should have done better there. City’s closest chance yet. 

How Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton kept rampaging Manchester City at bay ... again
© GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images Southampton’s English goalkeeper Fraser Forster (L) saves a shot from Manchester City’s English midfielder Raheem Sterling – GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images

06:08 PM

36 mins

Southampton with some more pressure on City’s defence, forcing Ederson to come out of his box and boot to clear. This must be tiring – can they keep it up?

06:06 PM

34 mins

Man City with a decent period of probing down the right – Walker, Sterling, and Bernado Silva all involved. Sterling cuts inside his man, right side of the box and tries to bend a ball into the top left corner of Forster’s goal with his left foot.

It’s just over the crossbar, but it’s not a bad effort at all. 

06:03 PM

32 mins

Southampton are keeping up the intensity, hunting down the ball, maintaining the pressure. 

There’s been a flashpoint here, Grealish is getting annoyed with Romeu by the looks of it, who is accusing him of going down too easily. 

Bednarek is given a yellow for a nasty lunge onto the England man’s shin. 

06:00 PM

27 mins

Broja is played through, and he’s brought down in the City box by Ederson!

But the flag’s gone up on the far side – he’s a good yard off there.

It probably would have been a penalty had he not been offside though.

05:57 PM

26 mins

Bednarek dispossesses Foden, about 30 yards out. He launches a ball down the left wing to Adams… but it’s too far for him and it’s a City throw. 

05:56 PM

25 mins

A tussle between Sterling and Perraud, about 15 yards into Southampton’s half. 

Foul given against Sterling. Southampton free kick. 

05:54 PM

22 mins

Cancelo tries to get a ball into the Southampton box from a deep. It’s cleared and Southampton counter. 

Broja, up the other end, has put the ball into the back of the net! But he was just offside when the ball was played to him by Romeu. Goal does not stand. 

How Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton kept rampaging Manchester City at bay ... again
© GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images Southampton’s English-born Albanian striker Armando Broja (L) shoots past Manchester City’s Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson (R) but is flagged offside – GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images

05:51 PM

20 mins

City are playing the possession game, taking time to look for chinks in the Saints’ armor, trying both wings and the centre.

But Southampton are clearing their lines effectively and there’s not been much in the way of chances for the visitors yet. 

05:48 PM

16 mins

Cancelo with a surging run down the left. He’s picked out by De Bruyne and is able to cut inside, but he gets a bit too close to the byline and his shot-cross is held by Forster. 

05:45 PM

14 mins

Broja makes a good run with the ball towards the City box. He’s on the right side of the pitch and punts the ball forward, looking for Adams, but City are able to clear.

05:43 PM

12 mins

Kyle Walker trying to get a look in down the right wing. He’s well-tracked by Armstrong and City try the other side. 

It’s back to Walker, who crosses, but it’s comfortably cleared by Salisu.

Here’s the Southampton goal:

That is sensational. 🔥

Kyle Walker-Peters grabs his first goal of the season in some style as Southampton stun Manchester City! 😇 pic.twitter.com/fqHJ0Qv3Dk

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 22, 2022

05:40 PM

6 mins GOAL! SOUTHAMPTON 1-0 MAN CITY

Kyle Walker-Peters, picks up the ball on the right, spreads it to Redmond on the wing, before cutting into the City box.

Redmond pokes it back to him and Walker-Peters uses the outside of his book to swoop the ball around Ederson.

That’s the first Premier League goal of his career and he’s finished it like a 30-goal-a-year striker. 

05:37 PM

5 mins

Grealish, to Foden, to Sterling into the Southampton box, but Perraud pounces and Southampton counter.

05:36 PM

4 mins

Adams is brought down, about 40 yards out and he earns a free kick. 

It’s swung into Salisu, but he’s tightly marked and he heads well wide. 

05:34 PM

3 mins

Man City spreading the ball around, everyone’s getting a touch as they’re waiting patiently for a way through. 

05:32 PM

1 mins

Grealish clipped by Romeu to give City and early free kick on the left.

Foden whips it in, but it’s headed away by Armstrong for City’s first corner. 

05:30 PM

Kick off!

City get us under way in their third choice dark blue kit.

05:28 PM

And the teams are out the tunnel. A reminder of this evening’s line-ups

Southampton: Forster, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Salisu, Perraud, Redmond, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Stuart Armstrong, Adams, Broja.

Subs: Lyanco, Stephens, Long, Adam Armstrong, Caballero, Elyounoussi, Diallo, Walcott, Valery.

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Sterling, De Bruyne, Grealish, Foden.

Subs: Stones, Ake, Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho, Carson, Slicker, McAtee, Wilson-Esbrand.

05:27 PM

The warm ups are over, just a few minutes to go now…

How Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton kept rampaging Manchester City at bay ... again
© REUTERS/Dylan Martinez Southampton’s Nathan Redmond during the warm up before the match – REUTERS/Dylan Martinez 
How Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton kept rampaging Manchester City at bay ... again
© Provided by The Telegraph Raheem Sterling of Manchester City – Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

05:21 PM

Opta stats:

  • Southampton drew 0-0 in the reverse fixture against Man City earlier this season but haven’t avoided defeat in both league meetings with the Citizens since the 2002-03 campaign (W2).
  • Manchester City have won eight of their last 10 Premier League games against Southampton (D1 L1). However, the Citizens have failed to score in two of their last four against Saints in the competition, having found the net in each of their previous 16 against them.
  • Southampton are unbeaten in their last seven home Premier League games (W3 D4), their best unbeaten run at St Mary’s since a run of nine between March and October 2016.
  • Manchester City have won their last 12 Premier League games in a row by an aggregate score of 34-7; since losing 2-0 to Crystal Palace in October, they have won 36 points, 13 more than any other Premier League side.
  • After keeping five clean sheets in eight Premier League games between September and November, Southampton have conceded in each of their last 10 matches in the competition, shipping 21 goals in the process.

05:13 PM

Pre-match thoughts from Ralph Hasenhuttl

Southampton kept a clean sheet against Manchester City last time out – can they do it again? 👀

Ralph Hasenhuttl has been giving his pre-match thoughts ahead of tonight’s Saturday Night Football clash…💭 pic.twitter.com/r3WO32oszf

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 22, 2022

05:07 PM

Scores in the 3pm kick-offs

  • Leeds  0-1 Newcastle (FT)
  • Man United 1-0 West Ham (FT)
  • Brentford 1-2 Wolves (78 mins, due to a drone interrupting play for 25 minutes)

05:00 PM

Three changes for Southampton

Ralph Hasenhuttl makes three changes to the side that lost to Wolves last weekend.

Che Adams, Kyle Walker-Peters and Stuart Armstrong come in for Nathan Tella, Lyanco and Ibrahima Diallo and it looks like the Austrian coach has gone for his 4-2-2-2 shape.

How Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton kept rampaging Manchester City at bay ... again
© Paul Childs/PA Wire Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola – Paul Childs/PA Wire

04:55 PM

Team news: Ruben Dias is back

He comes in for John Stones – who didn’t really put a foot wrong against Chelsea last weekend.

The English trio of Sterling-Foden-Grealish continue to spearhead the attack.

04:50 PM

And here’s the Man City team

📋 TEAM NEWS 📋

XI | Ederson, Walker, Dias (C), Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Sterling, Foden, Grealish

SUBS | Carson, Slicker, Stones, Ake, Gundogan, Jesus, Fernandinho, McAtee, Wilson-Esbrand#ManCity | @HaysTechnology pic.twitter.com/QWghhwOsji

— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 22, 2022

04:48 PM

The starting XI’s are in. First up: Southampton

Saturday night starters ✨

Here’s the #SaintsFC line-up for the clash with #ManCity: pic.twitter.com/fhREvQxCNr

— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 22, 2022

04:44 PM

Guardiola says he will not ‘betray’ Manchester City in decision on future

The much-decorated City manager, who turned 51 earlier this week, is contracted at the Etihad Stadium until the end of next season.

As it did prior to Guardiola signing his last two extensions, speculation over his future is likely to increase as the deal runs down.

Yet the Spaniard is not looking that far ahead yet, is relaxed about the situation and, when he eventually does decide to move on, will only do so with the club’s blessing.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss said: “I’m not thinking about that. I’m not a guy to think much about the future when I have still the contract I have.

“I’m not good enough to think far, far away about my future because my future always depends on results. I’m not concerned for any second.

“They gave me everything, so I cannot betray them or do anything wrong to them. That would be not nice from my side.

“Together we took decisions to come here and to extend the contract two times and it will be the same now. It depends how they feel about me and how I feel myself in the club.”

Guardiola has spoken in the past about pursuing other interests and challenges later in life, but he insists that is not on the immediate agenda.

Asked how long he intends to continue in management, Guardiola said: “I don’t know – I feel good and comfortable.

“When I’m not energetic and feel a little bit drained or tired, I’m pretty sure I will quit. But right now, I feel good.”

Guardiola has won eight major trophies since arriving at City in 2016 and is showing no signs of easing up as he chases a fourth Premier League crown in five years.

A constant desire to improve his team is what drives him on.

“Still we can play better, still some players can improve and we have some things I don’t like,” said Guardiola, whose side have an 11-point lead at the top of the table.

“It’s the desire to not have the feeling that all the managers and players have when we lose, and to have the pleasure when we win games.”

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