Southampton vs Manchester City, Premier League


De Bruyne hits the wall… and that is it! (Southampton wins: Che Adams goal)

What a efficiency by Southampton. Yes, they obtained fortunate with the little mistake Zinchenko made, nevertheless it was all about arduous work, organisation, spirit, willpower, and much more arduous work. Thoroughly deserved. 

90 minutes+4 – Southampton 1 Man City 0

City maintain the ball shifting, Foden finds KDB, he lifts it over to the again publish and Bernardo tries to volley it whereas leaning and punts it vast. I believe that may be it.

90 minutes+2 – Southampton 1 Man City 0

Silva needs to get on with it as Bednarek goes to deck after getting Jesus’ elbow in his mouth. Southampton take their time, 5 minutes added on. 

Foden spots Jesus and finds him with an outstanding ball excessive however Bednarek is robust and slides in to place the ball out of play. The nook is headed out, City attempt to work it again in, Cancelo has a cross blocked… and City are compelled backwards.

90 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

Walker-Peters is barged to the ground by Garcia and takes his time to rise up. I’m unsure he is really injured right here, losing the time is the good transfer. 

88 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

Jesus is booked for throwing the ball off the bottom in frustration at not being given a nook. Southampton have everybody again behind the ball. This complete recreation might mainly have been performed in a single third of the pitch.

No matter what City attempt, Southampton clear it. Stephens with one other block from a harmful cross.

85 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

And nonetheless City cannot discover a method by. Laporte smashes a shot over from distance, which I believe brings City’s complete to 22.(Southampton wins : Che Adams goal)

82 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

The ball nonetheless will not drop City’s method! Southampton defending heroically – they have to be knackered – nevertheless it’s simply move move move move move cross shot block repeat. I actually assume City might do with a pair extra bruisers of their crew for video games like this. A tall, highly effective striker would possibly assist with all these crosses. Southampton are so deep that there is simply no solution to ship low balls into the field.

79 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

Jack Stephens has been glorious immediately, launching himself at every little thing. Like a one man human wall, I do not assume City have been in a position to get a single cross or shot that has been close to him go in direction of the objective.

City are again on prime once more now although after  a quick spell of Southampton strain.

77 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

Speaking of Ederson, he is simply achieved very well to disclaim Armstrong a objective as Southampton break, Long helps stretch the defence and it drops to the ex-Dundee United man. 

Armstrong has one other go from exterior the realm however bends it into the goalkeeper’s arms.

75 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

Great hit by De Bruyne. Bernardo hits a cross in from left, Silva flicks it and De Bruyne spins on the spot and swings a leg, catching the ball clear on the laces. It flies over, however had it been on course would have been the goalkeeper for energy.

I like this stat: Ederson has tried 34 passes on this recreation, no Saints participant has had greater than 29

74 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

De Bruyne hasn’t fairly discovered his contact but. Southampton’s defensive form is good. They appear to know precisely the place the following move goes to go and shut down the area so rapidly, forcing play backwards.

71 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

We’ve had one other water break, and now a substitution, that includes much more music. Some of the choices have been god terrible. The music I imply, not the gamers. Shane Long is on now for Adams. I’m unsure how for much longer Southampton can proceed holding off the Man City strain.

68 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

A nook, Zinchenko crosses to the again publish… Bernardo Silva has a free header and would not get the facility on it. Southampton steal the ball, run throughout their very own field and are in a position to counter. Garcia is final man and passes again to the goalkeeper… however he is mis-kicked it! Adam is in! Ederson flies in to the deal with, clearing the ball out for a throw. Adams pulls out early as a result of he is aware of he is not getting there.

66 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

It simply will not go in! Constant City strain, so many pictures – a minimum of 16 to date for Man City – however because the ball drops for Bernardo inside the realm there are our bodies all over the place, and one in every of them blocks his shot to deflect it simply vast. 

Fernandinho tries to cease Ings however pulls out final second… Ings goes down. He’s on a yellow card… however the referee would not see a foul.

63 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

Bertrand goes down with an damage. A nicely timed damage, as a result of Southampton might have achieved with the remainder to halt City’s momentum.

60 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

Guardiola’s had sufficient. De Bruyne and Foden are about to return on to make issues occur. 

Sterling and Mahrez to return off. Makes sense contemplating how a lot soccer they’ve performed the final month.

57 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

City maintain discovering area on the wings and one other despatched in from the proper to Jesus is wasted as he tries an acrobatic volley and punts it vast. Another assault, this time on the left, finds Jesus within the field. He rolls the ball along with his studs, confuses two defenders and shoots however there are roughly 900 Southampton gamers defending within the field to dam it.(Southampton wins Che Adams goal)

54 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

Southampton are actually being penned in right here. City relentless with their strain however Southampton are nonetheless going into each deal with with want, not permitting City gamers any time to assume in management. 

Zinchenko picks up the ball within the last third and threads a move by to Silva as if it have been on a chunk of string, such a tough ball to ship, and Silva controls, turns, is six yards out and should rating… however McCarthy saves once more! He’s on a Football Manager eight or 9 in the intervening time.(Southampton wins : Che Adams goal)

51 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

Zinchenko is getting greater up the pitch from the beginning of this half, which helps stretch the play on the left in addition to the proper. Rather than transfer inside as a midfielder he is enjoying as extra of an additional winger. That ought to enable Sterling to assault extra central areas.

A Mahrez nook is spun into the realm, Jesus goes for it on the close to publish and flicks it vast of the far publish.

Laporte stays ahead for the following City assault – I believe Guardiola has simply informed his gamers to overload all over the place – and Jesus has a header saved on the close to publish, then Laporte has an effort blocked too by the goalie! (Southampton wins : Che Adams goal) 

48 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

I love Mahrez’s first contact quite a bit.


We’re again. 

What wants to vary?

I assume Guardiola will attempt to get his gamers to play extra aggressively, move faster, press with extra depth… simply the identical as the primary half however extra of it. As you’ll be able to inform, I’m one thing of a soccer supervisor genius.


Southampton have been good in that half. City created possibilities, moved the ball nicely, and located area, however every little thing they did was met with inflexible, organised defending and plenty of willpower and aggression. There are extra objectives on this recreation for positive.

45 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

OOOOHHHHH so shut! Walker-Peters spots Ings making a run and hits an early ball excessive for him! He beats the offside lure however has to stretch to fulfill the cross, placing it over the bar. 

Romeu is booked for chopping down Silva.

43 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

This is a good recreation. The two groups are actually going for it, Southampton look extremely organised, a number of battles all around the park.

40 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

Silva tries to attain a Shearer header by flying into the field and attacking a cross however he and Walker-Peters wipe one another out by colliding. Both are positive to proceed, however that positively harm.

37 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

Space opens up for Redmond on the left as Bertrand will get ahead, untracked by Mahrez, and he makes use of it to chop inside and shoot straight down the center at Ederson. That was really a reasonably good likelihood. 

City put a fast assault collectively, lightning quick passes are exchanged, Sterling, Mahrez…. crosses blocked, pictures blocked, Southampton keep secure! 

34 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

Southampton are being inspired by their supervisor to maintain passing beneath strain however one barely astray ball provides possession to Bernardo. Sterling races forward however the through-ball despatched his method is just too heavy and the goalkeeper collects.

Cancelo would not clear, would not management, is outmuscled and Redmond has an opportunity to shoot from distance. He leans again whereas he pulls the set off and launches it over the bar.(Southampton wins : Che Adams goal)

31 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

STERLING IS PLAYED IN! He should rating… saved by the goalkeeper! Southampton attempt to sclear however cannot, Fernandinho has it, units up a shot…. FERNANDINHO OFF THE POST! The ball continues to be alive, crossed in and SILVA HEADS AT GOAL! Another nice save by the goalkeeper! City getting nearer.

30 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

What a transfer that was by City. They move rapidly backward and forward, tapping the ball round, Hassenhuttl shouting “DOUBLE UP!”. Sterling darts in behind and receives a move behidn the defence, hitting it low into the realm throughout the objective. If anybody will get a contact on it it is a objective… however Southampton handle to get it away!

Southampton working so so arduous in defence. They’re leaving completely no area between our bodies. City having to return to the goalkeeper once more.

27 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

Zinchenko is taken off the ball too simply once more. He’s having a little bit of a 6.1 on Football Manager efficiency right here, probably even a thing. He simply seems slightly gradual to react immediately, not 100 per cent sharp and raring to go. (Southampton wins : Che Adams goal)

Water break

A likelihood for each managers to challenge some tactical directions. I fairly like these time outs and would not thoughts in any respect in the event that they stayed a part of the video games going ahead.

24 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

Great move by Bernardo excessive for Cancelo! It’s a stunning transfer, Cancelo runs into area, chops again and utterly bins Bertrand with the flip, selecting to blast a cross into the six yard field which Jesus will get a boot to however turns over the bar.

22 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0

It’s nice having the ability to hear the managers yell out directions, even whether it is simply Hassenhuttl in the intervening time. He’s urging his gamers to get tight rapidly, reminding them of their positioning, encouraging something they do nicely.

20 minutes – Southampton 1 Man City 0 

Sterling was livid with Zinchenko for his mistake in that objective. Danny Murphy would not appear to grasp that Zinchenko is of course a central attacking midfielder, and is saying he should not be making an attempt to play midfield. It’s each a tactical instruction from his supervisor and his regular model, he is simply made a poor mistake.



Southampton take the lead and it is a mistake by Zinchenko that is triggered it. He receives on the half-turn however would not appear to grasp there is a participant watching him, Armstrong nips in to steal the ball and Che Adams spots Ederson miles over his bar. A primary time shot is completely looped over the goalkeeper and into the web. Great end.

16 minutes – Southampton 0 Man City 0

City have had 60 per cent of possession to date nevertheless it feels very open and in no way like City are in cost. Southampton arrange in a flat 4-4-2 when City have the ball of their half, blocking area between strains to forestall these ahead line-breaking passes they like.

13 minutes – Southampton 0 Man City 0

Bednarek will get away with going by Jesus to steal the ball from him and a counter-attack opens up. The through-ball for Ings is lower out by Laporte, City attempt to counter however Bernardo exhibits slightly an excessive amount of to the defender. 

10 minutes – Southampton 0 Man City 0

Southampton are proper up for this and enjoying aggressively. City having to work arduous to cope with it.

8 minutes – Southampton 0 Man City 0

Southampton’s line of defense working nicely to date. They’ve caught Mahrez and Sterling offside by holding their positions and timing the step.

And it is a massive likelihood for Southampton! Southampton contest headers with extra energy than the City backline and ultimately the ball lands with Adams after a sliced clearance try, however he hits a dreadful shot sideways into the realm slightly than at objective. Redmond controls however has shut consideration and fairly dig it out to shoot. 

Saints have a free-kick about 35/40 yards from objective. Little bold to attempt taking pictures from right here however Redmond’s lining one up. 

It hits the wall and goes out for a nook.

5 minutes – Southampton 0 Man City 0

Fernandinho fees right into a header with the sort of aggression that City actually need in these video games. Silva, Mahrez and Bernardo have all ducked out of aerial challenges however Fernandinho comes flying in and punts the factor along with his cranium. RAAAAARRRRRR is the noise I’d think about he makes. Anyway, the header goes a number of yards ahead and his teammates move it round a bit

2 minutes – Southampton 0 Man City 0

Ederson has simply hit a 70 yard move alongside the bottom, by strains of defence, and turned completely nothing right into a harmful assault with one sweep of the leg. What a participant that goalkeeper is


The final time Andre Marriner was a referee at Southampton’s floor… was the 9-Zero defeat by Leicester. Man City get the sport began, with the stadium DJ preserving the music going proper till kick off. The gamers all take the knee and ultimately the DJ stops. They’re protesting BLM, not his DJing, to be clear.