Jack Grealish had a chat with Southampton’s Oriol Romeo in the tunnel after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City, Saints coach Ralph. Hasenhuttl revealed.
In what was a difficult evening in the nine-place unfamiliar for the England international, Grealish fell in the second half, clutching his ankle after blocking Romeo.
Then he got up and pushed the midfielder away, before facing him in the tunnel after the final whistle. The tie ended City’s run of 12 wins.
Hasenhuttl said of the incident: “They spoke with Uri, because Grealish was waiting for him in the tunnel because of some things that happened off the field that weren’t right.
“But she’s not here for the cameras, they talked about her, it’s all right.”
Southampton got off to a strong start when Kyle Walker Peters finished off a fine move with a powerful shot into the bottom corner in the seventh minute.
Then City regained control and was piling pressure when Aymeric Laporte headed the equalizer in the middle of the second half.
Kevin De Bruyne was hitting the post while he pushed City to win but that never materialized, meaning employmentP GuardiolaHis men had to come to terms with one point.
Nevertheless, the Catalan was pleased with his team’s performance. He told today’s match: “They defend well and don’t believe on the counter-attack but I thought we passed well.
“Armando Bruga and Che Adams are very strong and not easy to contain, but we did it.
“The result is the result, but the performance is much better than it was at Arsenal, for example, where we won. The last games we played against Southampton in the last two or three seasons, this was our best performance.
“I can see they are happy with the points and congratulations to them, they played a great match.”
City’s next league game is their home match with Brentford on February 9, which will take place three days after their FA Cup clash with Fulham. They beat Swindon Town 4-1 in the third round.