Pep Guardiola produces the most awkward post-match interview of his career following the 1-1 draw away to Southampton in Saturday.
The Premier League leaders dropped points for the first time since November after coming from behind to earn a point at St Mary’s Stadium.
Man City dominated for the last 30 minutes of the game but couldn’t find a winner, something that seemingly didn’t concern Pep judging form what he said after the game.
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— Andrew Jones (@TWDTV1) January 22, 2022
“Probably one of our best performances of the season,” Guardiola said at full time.
“Really, that good? You thought it was one of your best performances of the season?” Davison replied to a bemused Guardiola.
“By far,” Guardiola said as he leaned into his microphone, looking directly at Davison.
“What makes you say that? What did you like about it?” he said before Guardiola replied back with, “Everything.”
Southampton stopped Manchester City’s winning run of 12 Premier League games with Kyle Walker-Peters sensationally put the Saints in front after a fine team move and finish.
Aymeric Laporte made sure his side weren’t coming away with nothing however, heading Pep Guardiola’s side level in the second half.
City even struck the woodwork twice late on but could not find a winner and now Guardiola’s side are now 12 points clear of Liverpool at the top but Jurgen Klopp’s team do have two games in hand.
Southampton: Forster (7), Bednarek (7), Perraud (7), Salisu (8), Walker-Peters (8), Romeu (7), Ward-Prowse (8), S.Armstrong (7), Redmond (7), Broja (8), Adams (7)
Subs: Lyanco (7), Diallo (7), Elyounoussi (7)
Man City: Ederson (7), Walker (7), Laporte (8), Dias (7), Cancelo (7), Rodri (7), De Bruyne (7), Silva (7), Grealish (6), Foden (6), Sterling (5)
Subs: Jesus (7)
Man of the match: Kyle Walker-Peters
Sky Sports’ Graeme Souness said after the game: “I think they [City] got away with one today. They were not at their best.
“They were a yard short in the way they ping the ball around. The top players, they fire the ball at each other and they’re trusting the guy they’re serving the ball to control it.
“But tonight I thought it was passive passing, and if it’s slow passing it allows the Southampton player to get to the ball and close it down.
“I thought at half-time they would’ve got a roasting from the manager and come out a very different team. I think they tried to up their game, but the game had been set in its way.
“I’ve been in that situation, when you appear to be coasting to a league championship and you get a game like that where you didn’t lose and you got away with it.
“That’s a golden opportunity for management and staff to get after them tomorrow or Monday morning and point out to them that we have won nothing yet.”
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Pep Guardiola said: “We played really well. Unfortunately, in the first half we conceded a goal, but I think this was one of our best performances of the season, by far.
“They were incredibly organised and this is one of the best performances we played against them. Yes, the result was not good, but in terms of performance and the way we played, it was excellent.
“We played better than in the Arsenal game, when we won, and today we drew. Sometimes you deserve it and you don’t win, but the way we played here was excellent.
“Why should we lose belief in what we have done? It was a good performance. We are going to drop points, but the way we behave is very good.
“We have two weeks to prepare for the next game. People will say the Premier League race is not over and that is good for this side. We have many tough games ahead of us, but we will try to behave until the end.
“I would like to have a 40-point lead ahead of Liverpool, but that is not possible in January. I didn’t expect to have this lead, but now we will rest and come back as best as possible.”
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl on BBC Match of the Day: “I’m tired. They are so good, they are so unbelievably good. If you want to press them they always find solutions and I must say we were amazing defensively. I think we had to do more deep defending than in the whole season together. Around the box, balls are flying in. Unbelievable saves from Fraser [Forster] today.
“It was a simple situation with the goal for us and then there was good chances in the second half, we had the chance for a second goal from [Armando] Broja. He was a big problem for us. We are super proud of what we did today against an amazing good team. Pep doesn’t like to draw against a team like us and we did a good job today.
“We are not always good organised but it is tough against them because they always finds solutions and we tried to make them quick finish their actions, that they have no time to play us around but in the second half in the first 20 minutes, you could not release the pressure.
“We deserved to get something because of our passion, because of our intense way of throwing ourselves at every shot. You need a bit of luck in some moments, I think the foul on [Kevin] de Bruyne was right on the edge [of the penalty area].
“When you are fighting like we have done today then you deserve to get something. I’m super proud. It was a hard week to prepare for the toughest challenge of the season but we did a good job and it’s good to see that the team is resilient against this quality.
“It is the complete opposite to last season. It’s important for us to give our supporters here better performances and I don’t know why but this season we are at home much stronger.”
Twitter users reacted as Pep Guardiola produces the most awkward post-match interview of his career…
@alexphilip_19: I think nearly every fan would love this man being in charge of their club. Top Manager, hilarious personality
@BlueRazFT: I love Pep man 😂 He will make his true feelings & dissatisfaction known to his players, not the media. He doesn’t want outside sources influencing his dressing room and driving the narrative. City, as a team, have a great mentality and it’s largely due to this man! But it is 🧢😂
@Showmedamanee: “By far”🤣😭
@GoatisgoneV2: More than you believe it was the best performance more than you believe… happy new year
@BeardedGenius: I love EVERYTHING about this. The prolonged stare, the long pause, the lean into the mic (whilst maintaining eye contact) and way he hisses ‘By far’ like he’s saying ‘Fuck you’. It’s all so perfect
@Tactical_Times: For 70 minutes Man City did play really well. Suspect this response is partly because he knows Hasenhuttl’s Southampton presents a particularly tricky antidote. But christ.. 1-4 v Brighton. 7-0 v Leeds. Both the close to infallible 1-0 wins over Chelsea. “By far” may be a stretch.
@Kieran_Hayhoe: This is like a scene from The Office
@Kswannick5: Never leave u unbelievable bald bastard
@mvx_mcfc: What did we ever do to deserve him? I love how he takes the piss out of the media every time.
@cillianwalsh_; This man is absolutely deranged in the most hilarious way possible
@somhairle_: The hatred in his eyes for the interviewer there is truly beautiful
@Bd_irB_ll: The moments where his insanity pops out actually make me like him more
@ChrisTomz123: Am actually beginning to get worried.
@babuyagu: Okay, own up. Which one of you fuckers bought Pep “Roy Hodgson’s Best Press Conferences” on DVD for Christmas. Whoever it was, can you wrestle it away from him? Think he has been staying up until 4am every night watching it.
@JP10n: I think we’re going to see him going full Mourinho soon…