Pep Guardiola reportedly "locked up" his Manchester City players in the dressing-room for almost an hour after the hosts failed to beat the Saints yesterday at the Etihad. After starting his Manchester City campaign with 10 consecutive wins, the league leaders are now win-less in 5 games.
Guardiola, who did not reappear from the home dressing-room for 50 minutes after the full time, appeared to be in a good mood as he explained his delay in the post-match conference.
“The red wine was good and I took a little bit longer,” Guardiola joked.
"We were together, we spoke, but nothing special. We spoke about the situation. I was
“You have to accept that, but I have to discover the reason why and I’m going to fight for that.”
A John Stones error in the first half gave Southampton the lead in the 27th minute as Nathan Redmond ran onto a poor back-pass by the ex-Barcelona keeper to put the Saints 1-0 up in the tie. The error is a continuation of a long list of mistakes that have resulted in a prolonged
"Today with John and on Wednesday with Claudio, that is not the reason,” Guardiola explained.
“We didn’t have 90 bad, bad minutes, but when we’re not perfect, we concede a lot.”