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Guardiola's reaction after Southampton ended Man City's winning run in the Premier League.

Updated: Jul 17, 2022

Southampton ended Manchester City’s winning run of 12 Premier League games after battling out a 1-1 draw with the league leaders.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola decided to take the positives from their 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday.

Kyle Walker-Peters played a one-two pass with Nathan Redmond which created the space for the Saints right-back to fire the ball into the corner of the net, but Aymeric Laporte headed Pep Guardiola's side level in the second half.

The Premier League defending champions struck the woodwork twice late on but were not able to find the winning goal.

With both sides sharing the spoils, City are now 9 points clear of second-placed Liverpool at the top of the league, though, Jurgen Klopp's Reds have a game in hand.

"It was a good entertaining game and we make an exceptional performance," Guardiola told BBC's Match of the Day.

"Before the goal, we started well with good build-up, and the last 25 minutes of the first half and the whole of the second half was brilliant. We would love to score more and win but in the end, we are happy with the performance.

"They defend well and are incredible on the counter-attack but I thought we passed really well. Armando Broja and Che Adams are so strong and it is not easy to contain them, but we did it.

"The result is the result, but the performance is much better than at Arsenal, for example, where we won. The last games we played against Southampton over the last two or three seasons, this was our best performance. I can see they are happy with the points and congratulations to them.

"I feel as a manager confident for the future with the way we are behaving. Without the ball, everybody helps each other. I know how difficult this stadium is, with the way they play and how good we have played.

"I don't understand the way people say that now, after this result, the race is open, when before it is over. But this is your job to talk about that. I would love to be 40 points ahead of Liverpool and Chelsea, but that's impossible. I would never expect to be in this position, with this margin.

"Today we showed the same consistency we have been showing. If people saw in the game that we were lazy or arrogant or trying not to win the game. It was completely the opposite."

City goalscorer Laporte believes the Cityzens "deserved a little more" than the draw.

"It's difficult," Laporte said. "I think we deserved a little bit more. We dropped two points, but sometimes that happens.

"We have played really well. To get 12 [wins] in a row is something unbelievable and I am happy we have got that.

"Now we will focus on the next one and this is important to do this for the rest of the season.

"We want to win every single game, so we are never happy to drop points, but we will fight until the end. This is what we have to do."

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