Pep Guardiola: To win games you have to deserve it

"Today was a bad night, the opponent was better so we have to congratulate them"

by Sead Dedovic
Pep Guardiola: To win games you have to deserve it

Southampton surprised all football fans after win over Manchester City 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the EFL Cup. Pep Guardiola is not satisfied with his team's performance. ‘The better team won. We didn’t play good, we didn’t play well in the beginning.

There are many games you can start not good and overcome and we didn’t do it. When you are not prepared to play this game you arrive one inch late and don’t score a goal. When you are prepared you score the goal.

Today was a bad night, the opponent was better so we have to congratulate them. To win games you have to deserve it and tonight we didn’t deserve it.’- he said, as quoted by
Chris Sutton praised Southampton's game in an interview with the BBC.

Although Southampton plays very poorly in the Premier League, these results give optimism that they could survive this season. ‘Southampton absolutely brilliant this evening! Nathan Jones needed a performance like this, especially against the big boys.

Southampton coped really well after going 2-0 up, Gavin Bazunu barely had to make a save. Nathan Jones needs time, he took over an absolute mess. The negativity really took over after the defeat against Forest when they didn’t have a shot on target.

After the win at the weekend [over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup] there was still some scepticism. If they can play like they did today with that intensity then they will stay up and it is a big if. But it is fantastic for Nathan Jones tonight.

It wasn’t just that they beat Manchester City it was the manner in which they did it. They were brave, pressed Manchester City high and forced them into errors. They get themselves in front, the performance in the second half after they went to three at the back was fantastic.’

James Ward-Prowse

James Ward-Prowse is happy for his team.

They showed courage and will when it was most needed. ‘A special night. These games are special to play in especially when you’re struggling in the league. We knew this was a distraction from the league and a great showcase.

We showed no fear. It’s always tough when you’re in the position we are. The manager has been excellent and has given us fresh ideas and new energy. He wanted us to be bold and aggressive. We have been guilty in the past of having a result at half-time and dropping off. We showed a different part of our game. We thoroughly deserved the win.’

Pep Guardiola