John Stones is wanted by Manchester City for the 'long-term', says Pep Guardiola

Manchester City displayed ruthless efficiency yesterday to raise more questions over who can stop Pep Guardiola's team powering to a second straight English Premier League crown.

Southampton, without a victory in six league games, pulled a goal back in the 29th minute when Danny Ings was brought down in the box and picked himself up to stroke the penalty past goalkeeper Ederson. We needed to capitalise on Liverpool dropping points and I thought we were brilliant at times.

There were moments of encouragement for Saints after that time.

In the other Sunday game, Chelsea thumped Crystal Palace 3-1 in the London Derby at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea.


Sane, returning to the side in place of Riyad Mahrez in City's only change from the 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur on Monday, fired in a low cross which Hoedt could only divert into the roof of his own net from under the crossbar.

Instead, City completely battered Southampton in the first-half.

Southampton manager Mark Hughes, whose future has been the subject of increasing speculation following a run that has now seen him win just four of his 19 league games in charge, reacted furiously to yet more appalling defending from his side.

Sterling scored twice yesterday to take his tally for the season to six and Guardiola believes his confidence in front of goal is a world away from where it was in his first season under the Spaniard.


"We played excellently without, and especially with, the ball", said Guardiola.

"I have the feeling he is now enjoying scoring goals and making assists". The game was not over.

Palace, beaten in their previous five league matches, levelled early in the second half when James McArthur sent Andros Townsend clear, and he slammed a right-foot shot into the net. He is tied along with Eden HAZARD of Chelsea and Pierre-Emerick AUBAMEYANG of Arsenal. "I am convinced that the way we play, the players we have and the determination we show, things will start to turn around".


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