Manchester City is back at the top of the Premier League standings after beating Southampton 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Kevin De Bruyne got City off to a dream start, as the Belgian international scored after just nine minutes. Fabian Delph made it 2-0 to the home side in the 20th minute.
Shane long brought some hope to the traveling Southampton fans as he scored early in the second half, but Aleksandar Kolarov put the City lead back to two goals as he scored in the 69th minute.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini was pleased with the win, and also stressed the importance of winning at home in order to stay in the title race.
“If you want to be involved in the title race you cannot drop more points at home,” Pellegrini told mcfc.co.uk after the win.
“We’ve lost already six points against Liverpool and West Ham. It’s not easy playing so many games with the same players but I think the start was really important.
“We played on Wednesday a very difficult game and we didn’t have 72 hours to recover from that game – Southampton had the whole week.
“The third goal of Alex fortunately killed the game for us – maybe we didn’t have a good week but we continue in the Champions League, the Capital One Cup and the Premier League.
“It’s not a crisis – it’s a very good season.”
With Leicester City and Manchester United drawing 1-1, City sits at the top of the table with 29 points, level with Leicester but City has a superior goal difference.