Inside Track: Man City

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We spoke to Manchester Evening News correspondent Stuart Brennan to get the opposition view on Sunday's visit of the Premier League champions to St Mary's...

How would you compare City's form this season to last?

In many ways just as good, and earlier in the season even better – but three defeats in four tells its own story.

How has the team changed tactically, if at all?

The only change has been a more pragmatic approach against Liverpool – no real difference otherwise.

City have lost three of their last four Premier League games. What do you put that down to?

Both Chelsea and Palace made the most of limited chances while City couldn’t take theirs. Injuries to key players Silva, Agüero, De Bruyne and Fernandinho also played a big role.

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Defeats to Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Leicester have damaged City's title hopes

How will the crucial clash with Liverpool next Thursday affect Pep Guardiola’s approach against Saints?

City can’t afford to look ahead – if they overlook Saints they will fall behind Liverpool even further.

How would you assess the balance of power in the title race at this stage?

Liverpool have to be favourites – top and unbeaten – but still a long way to go.

Would City fans accept missing out on the Premier League if it meant winning the Champions League for the first time?

Most City fans seem to value the Premier League over Champions League, so I’d say no.


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