Southampton 0-1 Man City
Manchester City moved up to fifth place in the Premier League with an important 1-0 victory at Southampton as Raheem Sterling’s first-half goal proved to be the winning one.
Sterling’s goal was a classic City move instigated down the right flank by Kevin De Bruyne and finished by the England forward. De Bruyne has now collected 15 assists in the Premier League in 2020.
Saints were bright and bubbly for large parts but lost lots of their impetus in attack when Danny Ings was replaced with a knee injury just before the break.
Again, it was far from the swashbuckling City performance we have come to expect under Pep Guardiola, more of a workmanlike one which was built around defensive unity.
That is now six clean sheets in their last seven games with the axis of John Stones and Ruben Dias continuing to impress as City moved on to the 23-point mark, eight behind leaders Liverpool.