Pep Guardiola insists that he will not measure Southampton’s strength on their 9-0 home demolition to Leicester City ahead of Manchester City’s Carabao Cup encounter with the Saints
The Foxes swept Southampton aside at St. Mary’s Stadium on Friday night, tying the record for the largest victory in the Premier League history.
A nightmarish evening in front of the home crowd aside, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men have also stretched their winless run to four straight games (W3, D1).
Another frustrating aspect for Southampton ahead of their trip to rampant Manchester City is that they’ve conceded at least two goals in each of their previous three defeats.
Man City manager Pep Guardiola has said he will not judge Southampton on the Leicester result ahead of the cup tie on Tuesday.— Southampton Page (@SouthamptonPage) October 27, 2019
“The players are professionals and will do their best. I am not going to judge #SaintsFC or prepare for the game on that result against Leicester" pic.twitter.com/0TdsuA11uF
On the other hand, the Citizens welcome the Saints to the Etihad Stadium on a run of three consecutive triumphs in all competitions, including a 3-0 dismantling of Aston Villa at the weekend.
Although Guardiola has overseen the City’s rise following a shock 2-0 home loss to Wolverhampton, he will not underestimate the visitors based on their recent failure.
“It’s not easy of course, but at the same time, I think they are incredible professionals,” the Spaniard told the club’s official website in the build-up to the match.
“The players are professionals and will do their best. I am not going to judge Southampton or prepare for the game on that result against Leicester.”
Huge odds-on favorites ahead of the kick-off, the reigning Premier League holders will be looking to extend their unbeaten home run in competitive head-to-head meetings with Southampton to ten games (W8, D1).