Paul Merson fears that Southampton could concede a Premier League record number of goals against reigning champions Manchester City this weekend.
The Saints kept the score to 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium last night but go back there in the league and Merson told Sky Sports City genuinely could win 10-0.
He said: “Southampton were that bad against Leicester, and I’m not being horrible, but if Man City get going, that record is in danger. How many times have you seen Man City play and after the game gone ‘they could have won that 10-0’. They only have to have a game where they start finishing all their chances and Southampton are in trouble.
There are ways of losing football matches and Friday was as embarrassing as it gets. You know it’s embarrassing because the players have given their money to charity, which fair play to them, is a good move. But it’s not going to get away from the stigma of having a record that will probably last for a long time.”
TBR’s View – City capable of shattering wins but Saints should have renewed pride
A 3-1 loss in the circumstances wasn’t too bad a result last night, but perhaps it will be a different kettle of fish in the Premier League as Pep Guardiola recalls all his big guns.
Merson is right to say that City have had chances in certain games to break the record and being more clinical and ruthless might have seen them do that already.
But given what Southampton have been through lately, they should have renewed pride and would stiffen up defensively even if they found themselves in a position where City are comfortably going to win.
As good as City are, if Southampton even find themselves close to going into the Premier League history books this weekend, it’s a huge indictment of their professional commitment.