Manchester City launched their Premier League title defence in familiar fashion as the champions came from behind with a 3-2 win over Southampton at Eastlands on Sunday.
Carlos Tévez opened the account for Manchester City in the 40th minute.
Rickie Lambert equalised for Southampton in the 59th minute and took the lead when Steven Davis netted in the 68th minute.
Southampton’s hopes of beating the champions upon their return to the Premier League after seven years away lasted only four minutes before Edin Dzeko grabbed an equaliser in the 72nd minute. Samir Nasri then netted with 10 minutes remaining after a mistake by Danny Fox to register a win by the same scoreline as his team’s last home game – the dramatic late victory over QPR which saw them claim the title.
Match-winner Nasri was happy that his side managed to come back to win the game.
He said: “It was like the last game of the season (when City beat QPR 3-2 to win the title), we’ve started the same and I hope at the end it will be the same result for us. It was a difficult game.
“Southampton played really good football. It reminds me a little bit of Swansea last year, it was difficult but at the end we got three points.”
“Sometimes it’s a little bit difficult when you miss the first chance of the game, it can make the confidence a little bit low and they punished us. But I thought we showed great character.
“We didn’t panic. We said we can do it, we did it last year and for the remainder of the season we can do it”, he added.