MAN City star Bernardo Silva admits his side struggled to cope with Saints' relentless pressing.

Che Adams' goal came from Stuart Armstrong putting Oleksandr Zinchenko under pressure and winning the ball off him.

Although Saints had to ride their luck, their high press proved to be a thorn in City's side throughout the 1-0 win.

Ralph Hasenhuttl's side had chances to extend their lead, most notably in the second half when the visitors had to rely on Ederson to prevent Adams from doubling his tally.

And Silva explained how the St Mary's side made it increasingly uncomfortable for the former Premier League champions.

Speaking to the BBC's Match of the Day 2 programme, the 25-year-old said: “All teams play in a different way.

"Normally we are used to teams playing against us very deep, and yes, they started the game trying to press us high and sometimes it is difficult, because they are a very intense team, very physical team, so congratulations to them.”

Saints' narrow win was City's third away loss on the spin and their ninth defeat of the season.

Asked why the former champions have struggled on the road, Silva added: "I dunno, I don't have an answer. Of course, it's always better to play at home, a place where we're used to be.

"But no excuses, we need to improve next season if we want to win again the Premier League."