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Man City 5-2 Southampton Player Ratings: De Bruyne and Mahrez star for hosts

Pep Guardiola's side got immediately back to winning ways after derby defeat as they crushed Southampton at the Etihad.

9:00pm on Wednesday 10th March 2021
David Lynch

Manchester City got immediately back to winning ways as they claimed a 5-2 win over Southampton on Wednesday evening.

After seeing a 21-game winning run ended by defeat in the Manchester derby last time out, normal service quickly resumed for Pep Guardiola's side.

See how the players rated in a convincing Premier League win below.

Man City 5-2 Southampton: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

✔️ Riyad Mahrez: 8.7

Mahrez still had plenty of work left to do when he intercepted a loose Che Adams pass at the edge of the box late in the first half, but the finish he thrashed home from distance summed up his evening.

The Algerian's second also came courtesy of a powerful strike - this time after great feet in the box - as he capped a wonderful individual performance.

Three completed dribbles and 13 final third passes are testament to how good Mahrez was in other elements of his play, too.

Mohammed Salisu: 5.1

It wasn't an easy evening for any Southampton defender but Mohammed Salisu was the most notable struggler.

The 21-year-old gave away the ball 13 times (more than any other Saints outfield player) and won only two of his five attempted tackles as City dominated.

Kevin De Bruyne: 8.8

City's other two-goal hero, Kevin De Bruyne, again underlined his importance to this team with a powerhouse of a performance in midfield.

The hosts had been second best before the Belgian drove in the opener off the bar, but there was no doubt they were in control by the team he smashed a low finish in for his team's fifth.

All three of De Bruyne's shots found the target, while he also took six touches in the box and completed 22 final third passes.

Man City 5-2 Southampton: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

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