Pep Guardiola did not question Manchester City’s 2-0 loss to Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium on Wednesday. a defeat that eliminated the club in the 16th round of the League Cup. During the press conference that followed the match, the coach of the champions of England declared that “the best team won.” Guardiola took the opportunity to issue a serious warning to his players regarding the highly anticipated Manchester derby, which will take place next Saturday.
“They were better.” We didn’t play well. We had a bad start, and we didn’t play well. Today, we weren’t even close to where we are. “We weren’t ready to reach the semi-finals,” he said.
“You have to be prepared for every game when you play for Manchester City, and we weren’t today.” If we play like that [in the derby], we have no chance. I think today the starting XI didn’t matter. “What mattered was the display, and we weren’t there,” he added.