As a Southampton fan it was gut-wrenching. Ninety-plus minutes of sheer hard-work, determination and organisation, only to be defeated by a moment of simply undeniable class.
But after taking a step back from the drama of it all, I could see that it was a fantastic battle between two sides with two entirely different approaches.
Southampton could walk off that pitch with their heads held high, despite City leaving as the deserved winners.
Pep Guardiola was critical of Southampton’s style of play after Manchester City’s win
But following the post match press conferences, the game had suddenly been given a whole new narrative, as Pep Guardiola proceeded to blast Southampton for their negative tactics and time-wasting.
‘They didn’t want to play. We were the only team who tried to win. We deserved it by far’ said Guardiola.
The Spaniard then went on to slander Southampton for having ’10 men behind the ball’ and that ‘their striker was man-marking Fernandinho.’
Now at this point I must confess that I myself am a huge admirer of Guardiola, and certainly not an advocate of time-wasting.
But these comments regarding Southampton’s tactics are quite frankly…