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Southampton: Fans discuss starting XI vs Man City

Southampton: Fans discuss starting XI vs Man City - Southampton

Southampton faced a daunting challenge on Tuesday night when they travelled to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup, just days after being thrashed 9-0 by Leicester City in the Premier League.

Another drubbing was forecasted by many, with Paul Merson writing in his Sky Sports column that the Saints would be praying for the match to be rained off, and when City defender Nicolas Otamendi opened the scoring inside the first 20 minutes, they looked to have another long night ahead of them.

Sergio Aguero doubled the hosts’ advantage just seven minutes before half-time, before adding to his tally 10 minutes after the restart. That was to be it for the much-changed Cityzens, though. Foot firmly off the gas, Pep Guardiola’s side allowed the visitors a consolation goal on the 75th minute, when defender Jack Stephens nodded home from close-range.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men return to Greater Manchester this Saturday, this time in the Premier League, where the challenge they face could be much greater than what went on Tuesday night. Guardiola is likely to field his strongest possible starting XI and there will be little chance of any lapses in concentration from the reigning English champions.

After Hasenhuttl named his starting XI in midweek, many Southampton fans took to Twitter to express their opinions on the Austrian’s choice of personnel; here’s what some had to say..

Southampton fans, what did you make of Hasenhuttl’s team selection against City? Give us your views in the comments section below!

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