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‘They are top quality players’ – Guardiola praises his Man City side after win over Southampton

Pep Guardiola has praised his Manchester City side after the champions came from behind to beat Southampton at the Etihad.

Kyle Walker’s late goal secured a valuable 2-1 victory for Guardiola’s side, after Sergio Aguero had cancelled out James Ward-Prowse’s early opener with his ninth Premier League goal of the season.

Guardiola admits he was pleased with his City side following their performance, praising his side’s intensity as they patiently found a way through a resilient Southampton defence.

“We did everything, it was so difficult to attack when they defend with 11 players,” Guardiola told BBC’s MOTD.

”We did everything we could and in the end our intensity and our players paid off. We made a good comeback. Everyone plays the way we want to play. They are top quality players, they are fast players, it was our job to try and beat Southampton and we did.

“It is not about what Southampton do or play but it is about how we reacted to that. Today we have to do everything. We have to take the rhythm that we needed forward in every sense of the world from how we pick the ball out of the net to how we take throw ins or corners.”

The win means City remain six-points behind league leaders Liverpool in second, ahead of the huge meeting between the two title rivals at Anfield next weekend, whilst Southampton remain in the Premier League’s bottom three having failed to win in any of their past six matches.

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