Manchester City fell for a ninth time this Premier League season as Southampton somehow successfully defended an early goal to take all three points.
Che Adams rocket long range goal 16 minutes in would be the game’s only goal.
City could not score against a side who played as though their Premier League status depended on it.
It was a frustrating 90 minutes for a dominant City, driven throughout by the excellent David Silva who did everything he could to inspire his team.
On to the reaction-
Pep Guardiola Reaction
“We played well and with honesty, character, and desire to try until the end,” said Pep.
“With 10 Southampton players on the penalty spot, it’s difficult.
“I am so proud. I like the way we played but it’s not enough. It’s not a complaint of the players. Far from it.
“The game was a little bit of a repeat of how some games have gone this season - one mistake and they punished us.
“After, we created a lot, but as I say, they had 10 players behind the ball.
“We conceded few chances and played a really good performance, but it was not enough and we have lost a lot of games this season - and we cannot compete for the title doing this.”
“We use our keeper to start our build up to play - to play better; he gives us a lot. The mistake is part of the game,” he said.
“We didn’t lose because of this reason. It’s happened many times - these kind of situations and the amount of chances we had - it’s football. We tried so hard.
“In general, mentally, the games we played are more than good.
“We lost today but we cannot say we are not a team who doesn’t score goals this season. We are leading in goals scored and created so many chances.
“Of course we have confidence in the players and we are the same guys.
“We’ve done it in previous seasons. The way we played is similar, but we have to win the games.
“Next season will be next season. We will try to score more goals and avoid conceding chances.
“The control is there, the way we play is there – we need to try to increase these kind of things.
“The Liverpool result is in the past; Southampton is also now in the past.”
Bernardo Silva Reaction
“We didn’t play a bad game, we started well in the second half especially and we put a lot of pressure onto them, but we couldn’t finish our chances today.”
“We need to improve, we need to check the little mistakes for example that cost us the goal but I think overall the way the team played was good,” the Portuguese midfielder reflected.
“All teams play in a different way, (Southampton) are a very intense team, a very physical team, so congratulations to them.”
One of those days...— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 5, 2020
Come again.... https://t.co/YNBGs5npO6— Bitter and Blue (@BitterandBlue1) July 5, 2020
Basically the rest of the press conference was this. Same problems as in other defeats this season, but likes how the team played (I'd say he's genuine with that) but knows it's not enough. Strange situation to sum up, he did admit it's 'difficult' for him in that sense https://t.co/NUM5BPtooX— Sam Lee (@SamLee) July 5, 2020
We have the Gabriel Jesus chat every three months. I feel like we'll be talking about how good he is soon enough. Is that the problem, the lack of consistency? Or is he still young enough to sort that out? (imo yes, but we still shouldn't expect him to have Aguero's instincts)— Sam Lee (@SamLee) July 5, 2020
Left back, center back, striker... We're sleepwalking into needing yet another overhaul and if we go into next season without signing top players in those key areas and sorting out our issues in both boxes I can see UTD and Chelsea finishing above us next season.— Dan Cox (@DataInsightDan) July 5, 2020