Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has claimed that Manchester City are not unbeatable, as his Southampton side prepares to face Pep Guardiola's men at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Saints head into the match in a euphoric state after pulling apart Everton in a convincing 4-1 victory on Sunday, and confidence will be high at St Mary's at the moment.
However, they face a so far unbeaten City side, who are eight points clear at the top of the league having found the back of the net on 42 occasions already. But the Southampton boss seems adamant that his team can come away with a result:
“Nobody is unbeatable. Every single team have problems. Yesterday, Huddersfield were really close to getting something,” Pellegrino said ahead of the game, according to Daily Echo.
“It’s going to be tough for us. We need another good game because we play against one of the best sides in the Premier League.
“We need to be 100 per cent with our performance, our attitude. We have to be at the top of our game.”
Saints fans will be glad to hear about the return of Oriel Romeu. The defensive midfielder is back from suspension having missed the Everton game with a one match ban.
It is also believed that summer signing Mario Lemina will be in contention to start, having returned from injury as a substitute against the Toffees at the weekend. Despite the reinforcement in midfield, Pellegrino realises the difficulty of the task at hand:
“It’s incredible how they can sustain their performance in every single game in Champions League, playing most of them with the same players,” the Southampton boss added.
“Okay, to be a top team, the first thing you need is to create a mentality to do and that’s something that is not easy, but they are now in an amazing moment."