City scorer Kompany savours moment after injury woes

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The visitors struggled to find a way through during an uneventful first half, but goals from Vincent Kompany, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero after the interval fired City up to third place.

Manchester City faced a tough test against Southampton, but after creating many chances in the first half, the Sky Blues scored the goals in the second half to pick up three vital points in the Premier League table.

MAN CITY: Bravo 5, Navas 3, Kompany 13, Otamendi 8, Clichy 8, Fernandinho 3, Toure 3, De Bruyne 12, Silva 5, Sane 8, Aguero 8.

Two soon became three following another De Bruyne assist, this time racing to the byline and floating the ball into a risky area for Aguero to power home his 11th goal in 11 outings.

City leapfrog Liverpool into third and are seven points ahead of Everton and Manchester United, although their city neighbours have two games in hand.

Pep Guardiola has suggested Manchester City need to develop a mentality where they continually feel pressure to win, and are afraid to lose, if they are to realise their potential.

"We had that in the Monaco game and we can not forget how good they are after what they did (winning) in Dortmund".

That gave the City fans a relaxed last 10 minutes and a chance to treat the home fans to a repertoire of their songs, a chance that sadly many of them missed out as they slipped away to the exits. "Next up is the FA Cup - I love the Cup and love a derby!" They have won their last two league games and will be confident that they can take something from Manchester City.

"The most important thing for us is to keep the good feeling between ourselves; then we can go up against this team.

I can not say how much it is valuable because if I was 20 years old I would not have done it that way but I am lucky to have good players surrounding me".

"It's not going to be easy because none of the games in this league are going to be easy".

Kompany, who has been beset with injuries again this season, says it's his experience and not his fitness which will help him get through the games with Arsenal and United. "I would've liked to be injured less in my career but every single time I've put in the hard work (to get back)". We may decide it on whether the opponent presses high or not, or based on how they attack'. "I have been lucky I can make use of a tremendous amount of experience", said Kompany, discussing his return.

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