On Saturday, Manchester City easily defeated Southampton 4-0 to earn another simple victory in the Premier League as Erling Haaland continued his prolific scoring form. Before Phil Foden scored his sixth goal in three games, Joao Cancelo put the champs on the fast track to a comfortable victory. Early in the second half, Riyad Mahrez added a third goal before Haaland added his typical fourth. Southampton had the difficult challenge of attempting to contain a City team that had scored 20 goals in their previous five games across all competitions, not to mention Haaland, who was attempting to record his fourth straight hat trick at home in the league.
but this time had to make do with just one. “We play fairly well, and the outcome is good. We battled against their intense pushing. We struggled against them a lot last season, but today we were much better “Pep Guardiola, the manager of the City. “We generate a lot of opportunities despite some players not being at their best. We were reliable. The game was enjoyable. “Phil Foden has been playing pretty well for a while. He has a significant impact. “Erling Haaland got the opportunity once more. He made a spectacular goal. It is a formidable tool and a serious threat to us. I am incredibly happy. “Since there are usually exciting games in the Premier League, we will watch the outcome of Arsenal and Liverpool.
“Going into the World Cup, it’s crucial to be towards the top of the league.”
Before Cancelo, who scored following a strong individual run by City, broke the scoreless tie after 15 minutes, Haaland hit the post. In the 32nd minute, Foden doubled the lead by chipping the ball over Gavin Bazunu despite being given far too much space. Southampton only trailed by two goals at the interval, but four minutes into the second half, when City began to seize control, the deficit grew. In the first week of October, City scored its 44th goal of the year thanks to Mahrez’s volley after receiving a feed from Rodri. Goalscorer Foden was replaced by Guardiola during the game.