The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss is regarded by many as the finest coach in the world.
But despite failing to live up to his billing in his first season at Manchester City, Guardiola claims there is a sense of calm in England that he hasn’t experienced before.
“In Spain, especially in Germany, the pressure is higher to the players, to the manager, to everybody – here it is calm,” said the two-time Champions League winner.
“For example, we were out of the Champions League in Monaco, we played three tough games against Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea and we did not win one game.
“But our game at Hull City, our supporters clapped us and supported us and in Italy and Spain that does not happen.
“That is why I am so, so glad for the fans we have because for the first time in my life I have experienced that."
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City strolled to victory at St Mary’s but can expect a far tougher test at Wembley on Sunday when they face Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-finals.
After that comes a Thursday night derby with Manchester United.
Asked whether winning the cup or claiming a top four position to qualify for the Champions League was more important he said: “Why do I have to choose?
“I said to the players from the beginning we are going to play pre-season in China to play a friendly game and we have to win that game.
“If you want to become a stronger club and stronger team you cannot drop points at home. The difference is the mentality, not the quality which is always there."
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Vincent Kompany claimed his first goal in 20 months when he headed home David Silva’s 55th minute corner.
Kevin De Bruyne then put goals on a plate for Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero.
Kompany, who has been beset with injuries again this season, says it’s his experience and not his fitness which will help him get through the games with Arsenal and United.
He said: “I would have been done and dusted if I needed every single time to get back in and time to adapt. I have been lucky I can make use of a tremendous amount of experience.
“Where I am at physically does not matter. I know what I have to do and as long as I can organise the people around, I can always get a performance.”
Southampton were so poor they even allowed City’s much-maligned goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to make his first save since January with their one shot on target.
The Saints have not beaten any of the top six teams in eight attempts this campaign.
The Japanese defender said: “We have to play with more bravery because we can play much better.
“We have to believe in ourselves and tactically we have to play for each other defensively and offensively.”