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Man City downs Southampton to end losing run

(CNN)Smarting from a run of defeats that undermined its English Premier League title defense, Manchester City eased past struggling Southampton Sunday to end 2018 on a high note, but with a warning from manager Pep Guardiola.The 3-1 victory has lifted City above Tottenham Hotspur, shock 3-1 losers to Wolves Saturday, into second place in the standings but still seven points adrift of Liverpool.The top two face off at the Etihad Stadium Thursday in a match which looks key to the eventual destination of the title and with leader Liverpool in top form after its 5-1 demolition of fifth-placed Arsenal in its latest fixture of the crowded Christmas program.If we drop points against Liverpool then it is over, it is finished, it would be almost im ...