‘We weren’t ready. We were not here’: Pep fumes at Man City’s display in shock 2-0 defeat by Southampton – and insists they ‘do not have a CHANCE’ against United without big improvements
- Man City lost 2-0 to Southampton in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night
- It was a shock exit for the Premier League champions who were poor throughout
- City boss Pep Guardiola slammed his side’s performance following the match
- He claimed they don’t have a chance against Man United if they play like that
- Meanwhile, Saints boss Nathan Jones was delighted with his side’s display
Pep Guardiola said Manchester City do not have a chance in Saturday’s clash with Manchester United if they replicate the shoddy performance that saw them dumped out of the Carabao Cup at Southampton tonight.
City failed to register a shot on target for the first time in a match since April 2018 (against Liverpool) and Southampton deservedly advanced to set up a semi-final clash with Newcastle.
Guardiola said his team were nowhere near their best and were second best against the Premier League’s bottom club. ‘The best team won,’ he said. ‘They were better. We didn’t play well. We had a bad start and we didn’t perform good.
Pep Guardiola slammed Man City’s performance in their Carabao Cup defeat to Southampton
It was a poor display from City who were lackluster and out-of-sorts throughout the clash
‘Today was not even close to what we are. We weren’t prepared to play in this competition to get to the semi-finals. We weren’t ready.
‘You have to be prepared for every single game when you play for Manchester City and today we weren’t.
‘If we perform this way (in the Manchester derby) we do not have a chance. I have the feeling today the line-up doesn’t matter, the performance happens. We were not here.’
It is a second straight win for under-pressure Southampton boss Nathan Jones, who had been subjected to boos and chants of ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ by Saints fans just seven days ago.
Southampton secured a 2-0 win and will now face Newcastle in the Carabao Cup semi-final
Pep Guardiola had previously never lost a domestic cup quarter-final, winning all 15 games
‘I’ve had people calling me out, people saying I’m this and that, non-league managers saying I’m not good enough,’ he said, referring to a dig from Havant and Waterlooville boss Paul Doswell. ‘So this is a reward for recent weeks.
‘I’ve worked very hard over my 33-year career in football and have earned the right to be here. I am good enough. It has been tough but this is what I’m paid for.
‘This is one of the best sides in the world with the best manager in the world. We showed we can be a very good Premier League side.
‘I want to build a free flowing, fluid and attacking style. It can’t happen overnight. Pep has created one of the best teams of all time. It didn’t take four weeks. I am not David Blaine!
Southampton boss Nathan Jones was delighted with the win and hit back at his critics
‘Within 10 minutes of the Brighton game (a loss), I was inept. Everyone needs time, no manager in the world has a magic wand.
‘I am really pleased with the performance. I thought we were excellent. We were aggressive, organized and went after the game. We scored two good goals and could have scored more, we were hardly defending for our life.
‘I am really proud – of my players, myself and my coaching staff. I hope tonight goes a way to justifying why we’re here.’
So will the Welshman celebrate the win when he is home?
‘I’ll be up until 3am watching Everton (ahead of Saturday’s Premier League meeting),’ he joked. ‘I might have a glass of wine and then actually bites. At least I won’t get any abuse!’
CARABAO CUP SEMI-FINAL DRAW
Southampton vs Newcastle United
Nottingham Forest v Manchester United
First legs – Week commenting January 23
Second legs – Week commenting January 30