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Southampton praise Sofiane Boufal after assist in Man City defeat

Southampton suffered a devastating last-gasp 2-1 defeat against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night, but Saints fans were quick to praise Sofiane Boufal for the impact he made from the substitutes’ bench.

The Moroccan forward was dropped to the bench for the trip to the Premier League leaders as Mauricio Pellegrino opted for a more defensive line-up with the pacy duo of Shane Long and Nathan Redmond up top, but he came on to replace Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the 64th minute following Virgil van Dijk’s own goal just after the break.

The 24-year-old set up Oriol Romeu’s equaliser just over 10 minutes later, feigning to shoot from a cross to the back post before taking a touch to the byline and expertly cutting the ball back for his midfield teammate.

Southampton supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on Boufal, and while one labelled him an “absolute genius”, another went a step further by saying he “is twice, if not three times, the player Matt Le Tissier was”.

Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…

Article title: Southampton praise Sofiane Boufal after assist in Man City defeat

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