Man City on top, Chelsea move second


That's an average of three goals per league game and if they continue at that rate they will end the season having scored 114 league goals, eight more than they managed a year ago, in what was a record goalscoring season for the Premier League.

Although fulsome in his praise of the maturing centre-back pairing Aymeric Laporte and John Stones, Guardiola's defensive philosophy is dependent on a team effort to keep the ball as far away from City's goal as possible.

"Last year was hard for me for many things".

"I don't think we were confronted with lots of goal chances and we kept them at bay pretty well, but they were clinical".

Manchester City had a show of exhibition as they outclassed Southampton by 5-1 to go back top of the Premier League.

"The first season, he was scared".

- Sterling scored his 50th goal in all competitions for the club in what was his 153rd game and 126th start.

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City are scoring at a marginally faster rate than they did while racking up a record 106 goals last season, and they made a devastating start at the Etihad that finished the game as a contest within 18 minutes of kick-off.

Sterling laid on the second for Aguero six minutes later and it wasn't long before it was 3-0, Sterling chipping over a cross and the ball falling invitingly for Silva to lash home. City are now top of their group but a loss or a draw could see them relinquish that position.

That goal set the tone for the Saints, who were totally outclassed throughout.

Walker and his Manchester City team-mates were seen making an atmosphere of their own in training on Tuesday as they put in final preparations for the European clash.

Those matches are the nearest you get to being softer opposition in the Premier League given Saints' upcoming fixtures.

The visitors initially improved after the break, with James Ward-Prowse and Ings forcing Ederson into three vital saves between them. "In the Champions League if you concede in those situations you are out because the level is higher".

But City continued to threaten, and Sane nearly made it five with a vicious left-foot shot from the edge of the area that struck the bar just after the hour. "Before that we played well against Liverpool but could not make up the deficit from the first leg, the game was over before the last 20 minutes, and the defeat by Basel did not matter because we were already qualified".