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Manchester City: Alvarez disappointed vs Saints

Manchester City crashed out of the Carabao Cup at the quarter-final stage on Wednesday evening as they suffered a surprise defeat on the south coast against Southampton.

Pep Guardiola opted to rest some of his big-name players ahead of this weekend’s Manchester derby but was undone by an impressive Saints display.

Sekou Mara handed the hosts the lead as he produced a fine finish from a ball out wide after Sergio Gomez had gifted possession back to the home side.

Moussa Djenepo then made it 2-0 with a delightful chip over goalkeeper Stefan Ortega, who was inexplicably far off his line and was ruthlessly punished by the Malian for his poor positioning.

While the German shot-stopper was at fault for that goal, he arguably wasn’t the poorest Man City performer at St Mary’s, with Julian Alvarez disappointing in the attack.

As per Sofascore, the World Cup star would earn a shocking 6.3/10 rating for his performance, which was the joint-worst of any player to feature in the game from both sides.

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During his time on the pitch, the Argentine youngster would manage just 34 touches of the ball, which was fewer than Ortega, while he would only complete 17 of his attempted 25 passes in the game.

This saw him register a disappointing 68% pass accuracy, which is significantly worse than his 87.3% pass success rate in the Premier League, which emphasises just how poor he was at St Mary’s.

Alvarez also won just one of his four duels in the game and lost possession on 11 occasions, which suggests that he was bullied by Southampton’s centre-backs on Wednesday night and failed to have any real impression on the game.

After being played in on goal by Kevin De Bruyne, the 22-year-old forward would shoot well wide of Gavin Bazunu’s post, while he also missed a golden opportunity when Ilkay Gundogan’s cutback found him in the area, but he failed to make a proper connection when a goal would have handed Guardiola’s side a way back into the game.

Therefore, while fingers will be pointed at Ortega for his part in Southampton’s second of the night, Alvarez was the real culprit as he should have found the net at least once during the game, while his overall play was also far from good enough.