Jamie Redknapp slams Manchester City’s ‘pathetic’ first-half performance against Southampton
‘I can’t think of a worse 45 minutes under Pep Guardiola’: Jamie Redknapp slams Manr City’s ‘pathetic’ first-half performance after Southampton went 2-0 ahead before sealing Carabao Cup quarter-final victory
- Sekou Mara and Moussa Djenepo scored to put Southampton ahead at half-time
- Jamie Redknapp claimed Manchester City had a ‘devilish first half’.
- BBC pundit Chris Sutton suggested Pep Guardiola’s side were complacent
Jamie Redknapp described Manchester City’s performance in the first half of the Carabao Cup quarter-finals as ‘diabolical’ after Southampton took a 2-0 lead.
Goals from Sekou Mara and Moussa Djenepo gave the Saints a surprise half-time advantage over the reigning Premier League champions and they overpowered Pep Guardiola’s side to reach the semi-finals.
Redknapp was stunned by Guardiola’s side’s performance in the first 45 minutes.
Jamie Redknapp claimed he couldn’t remember a worse half of Man City under Pep Guardiola
“I can’t imagine a worse 45 minutes under Pep Guardiola,” said Redknapp on Sky Sports.
“They were pathetic, second to every ball. From their point of view, there were so many mistakes.
“They were devilish in that first half.”
Goals from Sekou Mara and Moussa Djenepo gave the Saints a surprising half-time advantage
The pundit reserved praise for Southampton as the bottom side of the Premier League came into play as a clear outsider.
“Incredible, I wasn’t expecting that at all,” added Redknapp. “Southampton were great.
“Nathan Jones would have wanted his players to come after them and make it difficult for Man City. In his wildest dreams he never would have believed that this could happen.”
Nathan Jones celebrates after Southampton scored against Man City at St Mary’s
Chris Sutton, speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, suggested Manchester City had been complacent heading into the quarter-finals.
“Southampton seem to be more aggressive and more focused in their game,” said Sutton.
“It’s almost like Manchester City showed up here tonight after beating them at Etihad Stadium and thought it was just going to happen.”
Things didn’t get any better for City after the break, even when Guardiola sent for Calvary, with Erling Haaland and Kevin de Bruyne among those brought off the bench in the second half.
City didn’t have a shot on target throughout the game as Jones’ men stubbornly held on to set up a two-legged semi-final against Newcastle.
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