However, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side didn’t just have one trip to the Etihad, they had two.
On Wednesday, the demoralised Saints lost 3-1 to an understrength City side in the Carabao Cup.
But with the likes of Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne returning to the starting line-up for the Premier League fixture this afternoon, it would surely be a heavier defeat.
However, at half-time, Southampton led through James Ward-Prowse’s goal.
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As expected, it was attack after attack for City in the second-half and the visitors did everything they could to stem the tide – and that included a little bit of time-wasting.
On the hour mark, Southampton’s assistant manager Richard Kitzbichler held on to the ball for longer than he probably should have done. It angered the City bench.
So when City turned it around – thanks to Sergio Aguero’s equaliser and Kyle Walker’s 86th-minute winner – Pep Guardiola decided to get his revenge.
When the ball went out of play, Guardiola picked it up and offered it to Kitzbichler as if to say ‘waste time now.’
Ultimate sh*thousery from Pep.
After the match, the Spaniard admitted he was “delighted” that his side managed to grab all three points to remain six points behind league leaders Liverpool.
“We played incredible from the first minute until the end,” Pep said.
“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.”