Manchester: Sadio Mane’s hat-trick ensured Man City will face Real Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final on the back of a 4-2 defeat at Southampton yesterday.
Already frustrated at being forced to play this game three days before the trip to the Bernabeu when his side
will attempt to build on a scoreless first leg, City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s mood will have only darkened from the moment Shane Long put Southampton on course for a resounding victory.
The loss leaves Pellegrini’s men in fourth place, four points ahead of Man United who have a game in hand, and while City’s Kelechi Iheanacho scored twice, there were few positives for the visitors ahead of next week’s decisive clash in Madrid.
Pellegrini made eight changes to the side that faced Real at Eastlands last Tuesday.