Pep: Man City needed ‘to do everything’ to find way past Saints

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Manchester City’s comeback win over Southampton showed that its acumen is up to snuff.

City needed 70 minutes to break down Saints, who sat deep after acquiring an early lead at the Etihad Stadium, but did indeed find an equalizer and a winner.

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Pep Guardiola says his side is used to dealing with packed-in defenses. Unfortunately, this season his team is a bit used to playing while behind.

The effort required was complete, and City would not relent until it found its goals.

“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 word, from how we pick the ball out of the net to how we take throw-ins or corners.

“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.”

City’s comeback didn’t have the death knell-beating tension of Liverpool’s, but the spirited fight back was a complete one. Pep will no doubt roll his eyes at the Reds raising him.