Kompany returns to lead City to victory

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A captain's goal from Vincent Kompany powered Manchester City to a 3-0 Premier League win away to Southampton.

Manchester City's Belgian defender Vincent Kompany celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Manchester City at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on April 15, 2017.

Sergio Aguero threatened twice in the opening few minutes as City started at pace, first volleying a hard half-chance wide from Kevin De Bruyne's pass and then turning his defender and sending a low, angled shot spinning wide.

Then, in the 80th minute, De Bruyne chipped the ball into the Saints six-yard box and Aguero nodded home at the far post to seal an ultimately comfortable, and potentially precious, victory. That is why I am so glad for the fans we have because it is the first time in my life I have experienced that'.

"Sometimes when you realise you can not lose, when you feel the pressure, the real pressure because you would be so criticised, the players make a step forward", he said.

He also led City to their first clean sheet in five matches and Guardiola is hoping he can stay fit after muscle injuries that have reduced him to just 29 appearances in the last two seasons.

"All we have to do is win our games and if we do that, we'll be in the Champions League next season, and that is so important for the club".

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"We scored from the set-piece".

Great second half and three well deserved points!

"Manchester United have a game [Sunday] and another game in hand and still have to come to the Etihad", Guardiola added.

Kompany, who has been beset with injuries again this season, says it's his experience and not his fitness which will help him get through the games with Arsenal and United.

"This result is so important for our qualification for the Champions League", he told BBC Sport.

Southampton boss Claude Puel, meanwhile, conceded his side were not good enough to take the points.

City face off against Arsenal on Sunday in the FA Cup semi-final and Sane will be keen to inflict more woe on the out-of-form Gunners after finding the net against them in every game so far this season. We may decide it on whether the opponent presses high or not, or based on how they attack'. "It was not a good day for us, but congratulations to Manchester City".