Ilkay Gundogan has expressed his disappointment after Man City suffered a 2-0 defeat to Southampton in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.
Gundogan, like several of his teammates was far from his brilliant best against Nathan Jones’ side.
After a sloppy start to proceedings, Man City conceded an avoidable goal in the 23rd minute, courtesy of some poor defending from Sergio Gomez, Kalvin Phillips and Kyle Walker to let Sekou Mara score the opener.
Just 5 minutes later, Moussa Djenepo doubled the hosts’ lead, with a brilliant long-range dink over Stefan Ortega, who was caught in no man’s land.
However, as Ilkay Gundogan goes on to suggest, Man City deserved nothing against Southampton.
While Pep Guardiola’s side were close to scoring on a couple of occasions, they recorded 0 shots on target.
In possession, Man City were a mess to put things kindly, which was a surprise, considering this may be the most technically gifted squad in world football.
Off the ball as well, underwhelming defensive displays from Sergio Gomez, Kyle Walker at centre-back and Kalvin Phillips did not help matters one bit.
John Stones, who Pep Guardiola said is playing the best football of his time at City was clearly a huge miss.
Now, Gundogan has given his honest verdict on his side’s disappointing defeat in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.
Ilkay Gundogan says Man City had ‘no chance’ of beating Southampton after abysmal showing
Ilkay Gundogan has touched on how Man City had no pray of beating Southampton, considering they were nothing short of appalling against a Southampton side that were up for it.
“Very disappointing. The result, but also the performance.”
“It’s definitely not what we wanted. We had hopes of going through in the Carabao Cup, but with that [performance], there was no chance. It was not enough from us”, Gundogan told the club, as relayed by City Xtra.
Ultimately, it’s hard to disagree with Gundogan, as Man City deserved to taste defeat to a Southampton team that were superior on the balance of play.