With Liverpool only managing to draw against Arsenal on Saturday evening, Manchester City had the opportunity to establish a two-point lead at the top of the Premier League ahead of their clash with Southampton.
And Pep Guardiola’s side were never going to pass up that opportunity, were they?
Instead, City completely battered Southampton in the first-half.
A Wesley Hoedt own goal after just six minutes set the tone and it was 3-0 just 12 minutes later after strikes from Sergio Aguero and David Silva.
Danny Ings pulled one back from the penalty spot but, just before half-time, Raheem Sterling made it 4-1.
It was just too easy.
And there’s a clip that shows just how easy it was for the Citizens.
Sane, Sterling, Silva and Aguero can be seen passing the ball amongst themselves inside the Southampton area before, eventually, losing it.
But they looked to be completely taking the mickey with the defenders being unable to clear the ball.
MAN CITY TAKE THE MICKEY OUT OF SOUTHAMPTON
Take a look:
In truth, one of them probably should have just had a shot but you can't blame them for wanting to score the perfect goal.
It probably says more about Southampton's defending than it does about City’s attack, though, to be fair.
Having said that, Southampton aren't the first side - nor will they be the last - to be completely and utterly embarrassed by Guardiola's City.
While City moved top of the league with 29 points after 11 matches, it looks set to be another long campaign for Southampton.
The Saints survived relegation by the skin of their teeth last season and are just two points clear of the relegation zone at this early stage.
And it will now be seven Premier League games without a win following their visit to the Etihad.
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