Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he is surprised that next opponents Southampton have struggled this season.
As the table toppers prepare to face Mark Hughes’s Southampton side on Sunday at home, Guardiola says he is aware of the quality the Saints have in their squad – which is why he finds their struggles surprising.
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The Saints have just seven points from their opening 10 games – 19 fewer than City – but Pep does not think that tally does them justice and has warned his side against complacency.
Guardiola said: “Always when I see Southampton, with the players they have, it’s a surprise they are in the position they are in. “It’s the quality of the players they have. I’m impressed with the quality they have in front, it’s strong, and especially in the middle, with (Oriol) Romeu, (Pierre-Emile) Hojbjerg. “They have hugely talented players.”