English Premiership

Guardiola revels in 'astonishing' City win

2017-11-30 10:49
Pep Guardiola (AP)

Manchester - Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised the "heart" of his players after Raheem Sterling's 96th-minute goal saw the Premier League leaders snatch a 2-1 win at home to Southampton on Wednesday.

It had seemed as if what became City's 12th successive league victory would end in a draw after Oriol Romeu's 75th-minute equaliser for the Saints cancelled out a goal from Kevin De Bruyne early in the second half.

But the sixth minute of stoppage time saw Sterling curl a brilliant shot into the top right-hand corner, a goal that produced delirious scenes at the Etihad Stadium, with Guardiola running onto the middle of the pitch in joyful celebration.

"It was an astonishing end to the game," Guardiola told the BBC after a win that kept City eight points ahead of second-placed local rivals Manchester United.

"It means a lot. They (Southampton) had 10 guys in the box, it was so complicated to attack them.

"They had chances in the first half, all the teams are better than us at set-pieces. They are stronger than us but we kept patient.

"At the end our momentum kept going, Raheem scores a fantastic goal."

The Spaniard added: "What impresses the most is the heart with which they play. What happened in the locker room was amazing. You have to enjoy these situations, you never know what will happen in the future. We want to win the league but you have to celebrate when you score in the last breath like that."

After the final whistle, Guardiola was involved in an angry verbal exchange with Southampton's Nathan Redmond, which the City manager said was to do with what he saw as the visitors' time-wasting tactics.

"I was telling Nathan Redmond how good he is at the end. Southampton have some super talented players, Redmond is so good one against one. But they didn't want to play, they were time wasting from the ninth minute. I just wanted them to play."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Saturday, 21 April 2018
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool, The Hawthorns 13:30
Watford v Crystal Palace, Vicarage Road Stadium 16:00
Sunday, 22 April 2018
Stoke City v Burnley, Bet365 Stadium 14:30
Arsenal v West Ham United, Emirates Stadium 14:30
Manchester City v Swansea City, Etihad Stadium 17:30
Monday, 23 April 2018
Everton v Newcastle United, Goodison Park 21:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.