Manchester City aim to return to winning ways against Southampton after Man United ended their 28-game run unbeaten

Manchester City will try to quickly put a derby defeat behind them tonight with a positive performance and a positive result against Southampton

City had won their last 15 Premier League games in an unbeaten run of 28 games before falling 2-0 down against United on Sunday The men at Pep Guardiola can correct that by beating them tonight Southampton win and restore their lead at the top of the table to 14 points With United in the Europa League this week, City have played more up to the last weekend of next month’s Carabao Cup

Guardiola has a full-fledged roster back tonight, although he is expected to make some changes from the weekend, with Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva, Kyle Walker and Aymeric Laporte standing for possible callbacks

The manager insisted that City responded well to their rare loss and continued to focus on the task at hand – winning the next game and hopefully securing the Premier League title by the end of the season

You have won 13 consecutive Premier League games on a Wednesday, the longest such run that day in the history of the competition

A line from the end of Pep Guardiola’s interview with Sky about Sergio Aguero’s fitness that we know didn’t warm up:

“He can play from the start. He could play West Ham, he could have started today”

The winning streak in 21 games and the unbeaten run in 28 games may have stalled over the weekend, but the Blues have another proud track record to offer

You haven’t lost any home games in a row for over five years, and not at all under Pep Guardiola

The last time this happened was under Manuel Pellegrini in February 2016, when Riyad Mahrez was among the goalscorers, when Leicester beat the Blues 3-1 on the road to their remarkable league title and Christian Eriksen’s late goal Spurs 2 won -1 the following weekend

That doesn’t matter, of course, but it takes three points to get them back on the title track

No more Sergio Aguero for City in warm-up. He’s never really been one to warm up to if he doesn’t start, but it doesn’t fill you with confidence when he’s not on the field

“I need to rest players today. We had some who came back from injuries so it was a bit risky to play three times a week We try not to injure them again

“They still have no lack of confidence, they are still a very strong team and they don’t like to lose. It’s going to be difficult, we like these games to get better and we enjoy these challenges”

“Tonight is a good challenge for us to be brave and show what we can do against the ball and with the ball

“I don’t think they will be comfortable against us, I don’t think they will be satisfied with the pressure we are going to put on them. They are a good team but we believe we are can cause them problems if we do what we do right “

City defender Aleks Zinchenko explains the dressing room reaction to a rare loss this week as he watches another undefeated streak

“The feeling is okay, we still have a few points to go, still in all competitions. Of course we analyzed the game. It can happen to anyone. Today we will try to show our performance, do better and the three To achieve points

“It can happen to anyone, we are not robots, we are humans, it’s football, United are a great team of course, but we’re trying another run, why not”

“You are doing well this season, we remember how hard it was to be gone Of course, this kind of team plays very well from behind We are organized defensively and try to take our chances and score goals””

“Well, it’s normal to lose games, win games, it’s part of the year. They always react well, no matter what the outcome, they always react well in good or bad moments”

“I’m trying to be all involved This is why everyone tries to play”Still, there are players who deserve to play who don’t play. Sometimes I’m unfair to some of them”

“A really difficult one, I don’t know if they play four back with four center backs or maybe five back like normal, we’ll see that they always have quality and speed ahead of time”

Kevin De Bruyne had his most ineffective performance for some time over the weekend but starts his third straight game tonight against United he looked like a player who needs a break and if he’d fallen on the bench it wouldn’t be been a big surprise

This is the best City player we talk about though and he will be interested in getting the Sunday show in order.If there’s anyone on this roster who deserves to drop by after a rare day of rest, then it’s De Bruyne

Five changes are currently a matter of course for City and change from the middle of the week to the weekend and back again Therefore it is not important to read into the team selection

The fact that Kevin De Bruyne is staying suggests he has trained better than in the Derby, but Raheem Sterling takes a rare break, Phil Foden steps in

There’s a pattern that Ruben Dias’ center-back is turned in – Laporte is back to bring in Stones

Joao Cancelo was below average on Sunday and is back on the bench with Kyle Walker

This is the sixth straight league start for Riyad Mahrez he has obviously impressed enough to hold his place through a difficult series of games

Guardiola spoke about Mahrez’s big game mentality when he joined the club and he has stepped up at key times despite being calm with the rest of the team on Sunday

Without Jesus or Aguero, it looks like this. The only question is who is central

One – Lionel Messi loves Barca and he will do anything to keep him at the Nou Camp and two – “Let’s go to Paris and turn things around” or words on these effects

Barcelona beat PSG 4-1 and would have to score four times at Parc des Princes to have a chance to get through this is a daunting task even for Lionel Messi

If Barca get another big, early exit from the Champions League, what does that mean for Messi’s future? After beating Southampton full-time, City could watch how Messi fared – if Messi leaves this summer tonight it could be his last Champions League appearance for Barca

Sergio Aguero is back in the City squad, as questions about his future remain open

This seems like an ideal game to win as Gabriel Jesus might have no complaints about being dropped, but Guardiola warned the Blues can’t afford to give Aguero minutes just for the sake of it bring it up to date

We can’t see what’s going on in training, but I think Aguero might feel hard done tonight if he’s not there

Covid has made City’s season tougher at various points this season, and the news that they will have to play their Champions League game again against Gladbach in Budapest will cause more grumbling

European trips add to the already extraordinary demands of national competitions, and Guardiola won’t enjoy taking a trip to Hungary between a Saturday night in Fulham and an FA Cup neighborhood in Everton

City still have an excellent defensive record, but there are now three clean sheets for Guardiola’s side

They want to correct that as soon as possible. Being so strong in the back has been the platform for their success throughout the season, and especially if they are not clinical in the other box, keeping a goal becomes more important

More from Pep Guardiola’s program notes as he looks at what City has to do in the last ten games to secure the Premier League title

“It was disappointing to lose to United but our goal is to win the Premier League and that hasn’t changed after ninety minutes

“We’re now in the last ten games. It’s when the enema starts and when time seems to pass faster and so do the games

“We have yet to win most of these ten games, even though the 11 point lead means our fate is in our hands”

“What we are not allowed to do is think too much about losing to a very good team that hasn’t been at home for about a year

“Sometimes it’s not just about the result, it’s also about how you play In Sunday’s game against United we played well for a long time. Certainly we played as well as we did in some of the 21 straight wins and better than against West Ham United, for example. We went through to the end and created many chances, but it was not our day

“Players should be upset but not dejected. They have been amazing this season and their character is beyond doubt. Now we need to get back to what we do best and make sure we are up for every challenge in the four competitions are ready, whose victory we are still fighting

In his program notes tonight, Pep Guardiola sends a message to his side warning of the threats to Southampton and demanding a response from the derby defeat

“Our visitors arrive in Sheffield after a very good performance in their last game, a victory that reminded everyone that they were at the top of the Premier League once this season

“They have shown they have highly skilled players and we know their strength well after fighting so hard to get them in the second leg at St Beat Mary’s 1-0″”

“Of course we will enter the competition after our big victories in the Manchester Derby on Sunday came to an end

“Now the answer has to be positive, and I am sure it will. These players want to go again and start another incredible run It’s how they think and why they are such top professionals”

City can immediately quell the faint optimism Sunday’s Derby win sparked in the United States’ camp by defeating the Saints and reopening a 14-point void on their closest rivals

The fact that Pep Guardiola has plenty of players to choose from – he hinted there might be a hangover problem or two as of Sunday – should mean half the team will be switched

Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva, Aymeric Laporte, Kyle Walker and Fernandinho all face a return as the relentless march of two games a week continues

Guardiola said his players were on fire in training yesterday and apparently were pleased with the reaction to losing the derby

The level of champions reacts to loss, and while a good performance is better than a bad performance, the manager knows that this is a profit-making business, having been seen as unbreakable prior to the United game, they will do not want to lose any more points

Today’s game is the only game in the Premier League but it will still start at 6 p.m. That’s because UEFA is not interested in top national games competing with their sacred Champions League games, which start at 8 p.m. tonight

So we’ll meet in the early evening at Etihad before we sit down to watch either Liverpool versus Leipzig or PSG versus Barcelona

With all 22 older players available, Guardiola could name any number of variations of a starting XI – but this is the team we were expecting against Southampton tonight:

Proposed city from XI against Southampton: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Slides, Cancelo; Bernardo, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Aguero, Foden

Read HERE how our writers think City should come up today and use the interactive team picker below to choose your best starting XI:

What better way to recover from disappointment over the weekend than to hit the road again tonight?

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