Ralph Hasenhüttl’s Southampton has become the bogey team of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City after Saints secured a point in a spirited display at St. Mary’s against the Premier League front runners.
It was the second time this season that Saints secured a point against the current league holders as City’s 12-match winning run came to an abrupt halt on the south coast, but that was not the only mark left on the Citizen’s in the wake of the club stumbling after Spanish international center-back Aymeric Laporte revealed the damage left by Saints midfielder Adam Armstrong.
Well thanks for the souvenir lol pic.twitter.com/okzDpDytXt
— Aymeric Laporte (@Laporte) January 22, 2022
Laporte revealed the deep gash he suffered after the Scottish international left his boot high on the Spaniard during the second half, only for Armstrong to receive just a yellow card after the incident went to VAR for a second look. On the visual evidence above, that decision likely was a poor one.
Manchester City close in on long-term addition
Despite the frustrating result on their travels, Manchester City fans can be pleased to know that the club is rapidly closing on adding Argentine starlet Julián Álvarez to the ranks at the Etihad Stadium.
Álvarez is one of the brightest talents to emerge from South America in the last few seasons after smashing in the goals for Argentine giants River Plate to the tune of 18-strikes in just 21-appearances in the Liga Profesional.
His acquisition, though not expected to fully come into play until next season after being loaned for the remainder of 2021-22 to guarantee minutes under his belt, would go a long way in securing the club a successor for City legend Sergio Agüero.
Moreover, the likes of Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, and Bernardo Silva, who have all at one point or another been deployed in a false nine role, would be able to regularly be deployed in their primary roles once Álvarez comes online and hopefully hits the ground running.