Ronald Koeman unhappy with Southampton's 'very poor' passing against Manchester City

Southampton Football Club

Southampton were beaten 3-1 by Manchester City in their most recent Premier League match.

Ronald Koeman has slammed Southampton’s inability to keep possession in the opening stages of their match against Manchester City at his press conference this afternoon, which was broadcasted by the club's official Youtube channel.

Southampton were beaten 3-1 by City at the weekend, and Koeman felt his side threw the game away in the early stages.

City raced into a 2-0 lead at the Etihad Stadium, and that left Southampton with a huge mountain to climb.

And Koeman said: “We like to play and we like to build up. If we do so many mistakes that we did in the match against Manchester City, there’s no tactical reason for the defeat.

“It was all our fault in the first 20 minutes, because it was very poor.”

Southampton actually mounted an impressive comeback against City, and they showed their class after falling behind.

The Saints scored through Shane Long, and they had Manuel Pellegrini’s side on the backfoot for a large portion of the match.

However, a strike from Aleksandar Kolarov ended their hopes of picking up three points from the contest and condemned them to defeat.

The loss was Southampton’s second in a row, and they will be eager to get back to winning ways quickly.

Southampton’s next match comes against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals, and they will require an improvement if they are to progress in the competition.

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