Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl revealed he enjoyed the manner of his side’s performance despite defeat to Man City, stating: “This is our way and this is what I like to see.”
Southampton fell to a 5-2 defeat against Man City on a pulsating night at the Etihad.
All seven goals were notched inside the first hour of the game, with a James Ward-Prowse penalty and Che Adams accounting for the Saints’ contribution to the scoresheet.
City could not be contained in the final third, however, with Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez both bagging braces in the contest.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Hasenhuttl said: “I think we played quite well I must say even though we conceded five goals.
“We made it a bit too easy. We were very brave with the ball at times. It’s the final quality that is missing.
“This game I enjoyed more than if we had sit back for 90 minutes. This is our way and this is what I like to see. When you are committed and active you win a lot of balls against this team. Although we didn’t get points we’re not so disappointed.
“I’m a big fan of Pep Guardiola’s football. There isn’t a better coach out there. We have made a big development with our side within our limits.”