Guardiola was delighted with Man City win against Southampton.

Kyle Walker scored Man City’s late winner on Saturday. 

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says patience was key in their victory over Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

Sergio Aguero’s 70th minute strike cancelled out James Ward-Prowse’s early opener before Kyle Walker’s late goal handed the Citizens three points. 

Following the triumph, Guardiola elaborated on his team’s attacking intensity against the Saints at the Etihad.

"Southampton defended with 11 men in the 18-yard box so there were no spaces to attack," Guardiola said as BBC Sport quoted.

"We just had to be patient, putting in crosses and trying to win the second balls, but at the same time we were constantly attacking and were very aggressive in our actions.

"It was difficult after we conceded but our rhythm was high from the first minute and we had incredibly good momentum in the first half. 

"In the second half we had maybe 30 or 35 minutes where we were so intense in our actions. It was not easy, but that is why we did it and could make the comeback in the end."

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Spaniard added: "We played incredible from the first minute until the end. We created an incredible amount of chances. We were pressured but we did it. We kept our cool and we were patient. We know we will always get chances, it was important that we stayed calm ahead.

"I told them at half-time to keep going for it, to keep attacking. It is the only way. There was no space, it was almost impossible but we did it and that is why I am delighted."

Guardiola’s side head to Italy for their Champions League game with Atalanta on Wednesday, knowing a win over the Serie A team will secure a spot in the next round of Europe’s elite competition. Then they travel to Merseyside for their Premier League showdown with leaders Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

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