Kompany ends 20-month City goal drought in Southampton win

Guardiola understands if City owners are not happy

City produced one of their more impressive performances of the season to overcome Southampton, but it has been a stuttering campaign in which the club exited the Champions League at the last 16 stage and still face a battle to secure a top-four place.

First Silva's through-ball sent De Bruyne through and he squared for Sane to sweep past Forster, then Aguero nodded in his 11th goal in 11 games.

City, meanwhile, continued to help their cause for a top-four finish, as the win moved them into third place above Liverpool on 64 points.

"Sometimes when you realise you can not lose, when you feel the pressure, the real pressure because you would be so criticised, the players make a step forward", Guardiola said.

Vincent Kompany is undoubtedly one of the greatest defenders in recent Premier League history, but unfortunately for Manchester City, he's rarely been available when they've needed him over the past few seasons.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola misses the pressure related to training in the Bundesliga and LaLiga, though he adores English assistants.

Kompany is in his ninth season on these shores and remains the only City player to lift the Premier League trophy as captain. "When this happens I feel like I'm giving something back to the fans and the team, and that's what you see in those moments".

He added: "In 10 days we play the real final against United so that is why it was so important to win".

With 20 minutes to go Yoshida had the golden chance to make up for allowing Kompany to rise above him and score when he found space at the far post, only to head straight down into the hands of under-fire City stopper, Bravo.

City have dropped points at home against, among others, Stoke City, Middlesbrough and Southampton, whom they eventually beat 3-0 at St Mary's on Saturday. "And with players like Kompany and Silva we have players who can deliver on the counter-attack".

Guardiola's men also have the FA Cup to look forward to, with a game against Arsenal scheduled in the semi-finals next weekend.

Southampton were prevented from going in front after Fernandinho cleared Cedric's attempt away from goal, which was destined to find the target.

"Maybe now he understands better what we're looking for".

All that was left for City to do was see out the opposition in the remainder, which they duly did thanks to the solid defensive work of star performer Kompany. "We simply did not play well enough against this team, nervous with the ball", the Frenchman told BBC's Match of the Day.

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