Man City was eliminated from the League Cup by Southampton, who presently lies at the lowest rank of the Premier League standings, in a massive shock. Southampton grabbed the lead in the 23rd minute thanks to a goal from Sekou Mara, which was followed by a second goal from Moussa Djenepo five minutes later. Despite the introductions of Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland in the second half, Man City struggled to create a comeback and failed to register a single attempt on goal.
The loss ends Man City’s run in the League Cup, which they have won six times since 2014. Southampton, on the other hand, will now go to the semifinals, where they will meet Newcastle United for the chance to face either Nottingham Forest or Manchester United in the final.
Man City Defeat Lights Up Southampton Mood
Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse complimented his team for their fearless style in the Man City game and attributed their success to new manager Nathan Jones. He stated, “We understood it would be a diversion from the league as well as a terrific showcase. We were fearless… The manager has been fantastic, providing us with new ideas and enthusiasm. He desired that we be bold and forceful.”
“It’s a memorable evening. These are amazing games to play, especially if you’re suffering through the league. We understood it would be a diversion from the tournament as well as a terrific display. We were fearless.
“It’s never easy when we are in this situation. The manager is fantastic, providing us with new ideas and enthusiasm. He desired them to be brave and assertive.
It was a frustrating result for Man City, who had just won the FA Cup 4-0 against Chelsea the day before. Despite starting with the best eleven, they were unable to reproduce their scoring form from the previous encounter.
Pep Guardiola, the manager of Man City, will now focus on the Premier League and the forthcoming Champions League games. Southampton’s new manager, Nathan Jones, will try to build on the club’s cup triumph and turn their Premier League fortunes around.