Pep Talk 26: Manchester ‘Pretty’ continue their six sigma run

MCI 6-1 SOU

Eight observations

1. After a 6-1 blitzkrieg, it’s easy to forget that Southampton has been an extremely tough opponent for ManCity over the years. In the last five encounters, the Saints have thrashed the Sky blues once, drew once; and last season City needed an injury time winner from Raheem Sterling and another injury time winner from Gabriel Jesus to get to the #Centurions milestone.

2. Aside a rare bad day from Ederson, City were pretty, very pretty. The commentators even exclaimed once, ‘its Manchester Pretty’.

3. By the 20th minute City were 3-0 up and two points clear of Liverpool in the Premier League table. With that gigantic early season goal difference of 29, the lead is as good as a three point gap. Meaning, Liverpool need to get three points more than City to go ahead of City; two points more will still keep them second in the table.

4. Danilo, Jesus and Mahrez got a good rest and Stones, David Silva and Fernandinho were subbed early. It probably means, these six players will start against Shakhtar Donetsk midweek to try seal their Champions League advancement to the next stage.

5. Word of caution to all fans. ManCity look even better than last season. More menacing, purposeful, resilient and penetrative. But then, the season is majorly decided between mid December and mid January and then again in months of March and April. Nothing has been won yet and De Bruyne repeatedly getting injured is not great news either.

6. Speaking of injuries, Sergio Aguero playing entire 90mins after a long time is great news. One goal and three assists mean he is ready for Manchester United next weekend!

7. Raheem Sterling was man of the match today, days after he renewed his contract. He would have realised that only as part of the Manchester City team, does he get loved, praised and appreciated much.

8. Phil Foden is still searching for his first Premier League goal. ManCity fans dearly want him to break that duck.

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