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Pep Guardiola hailed Vincent Kompany as a "real defender" after the Manchester City captain scored the opening goal in the 3-0 defeat of Southampton on Saturday evening.

Injury-hit skipper Vincent Kompany headed David Silva's left-wing corner past keeper Fraser Forster's weak save for his first goal in 20 months.

Kompany marked his latest return to the City defense by heading a 55th-minute opener before Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero also contributed goals.

Belgian playmaker Kevin Debryune provided two assists for the second and third goals in the encounter which saw Nigeria star Kelechi Iheanacho replace Aguero with three minutes to play.

He said: "I would've liked to be injured less in my career, but every single time I've put in the hard work (to get back)". Of course in that moment we came back from Barcelona, had played a lot of games in that period and we were exhausted.

"It's always a long journey back", Kompany told BT Sport television. For example the fans are always ideal, I love that, and you know the club is fantastic, the club supports everybody.

"It's ups and downs in football, but ultimately what gets you up is you keep looking towards your objective".

"I'm so happy, we played good", said Guardiola.

"City have won only one of their last five visits to St Mary's and were held at the Etihad by Claude Puel's side back in November". They have very good midfielders, all the strikers are so fast, they play the wingers inside and all of them have good quality.

It is a topsy turvy start to life for Guardiola in England, his attacking soccer combined with defensive want as City fight to ensure Champions League qualification.

"In Spain, especially in Germany, the pressure is higher to the players, to the manager, to everybody - here it is calm", said the two-time Champions League victor.

Pep Guardiola's, 48, team are not going to win the EPL this season but he wants them to finish as high as possible.

A smart turn from Nathan Redmond opened up the City defence out wide for Gabbiadini, who returned following a three-game absence, but his cutback was sacked over the bar from Dusan Tadic.

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