Last weekend’s clash between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at their new swanky stadium was in many ways a missed opportunity for the side to pick up another three points as we failed to capitalise on the being reduced to ten men after 30 minutes had been played – but football is rarely that simple.
It seems it wasn’t the only not so simple thing from the day as well, as although fans were informed pre-game that right back Cedric Soares had pulled out of the squad prior to the warmup with an injury, Austrian manager Ralph Hasenhuttl revealed post-game that this simply wasn’t the case.
Having been forced to rejig his starting XI with Cedric making himself unavailable, Jannik Vestergaard was brought into the middle of defence and we saw James Ward-Prowse take the wing back spot as we pivoted from a back four to three centre-halves and the Daily Echo quoted our gaffer after the final whistle as saying.
“It wasn’t the perfect start to the game. You prepare for the game and then half an hour before he says he can’t train. I don’t know what happened. It wasn’t the best preparation for the game. I haven’t spoken to him now but I will.”
Fans will naturally be curious given his choice of words but it shouldn’t be anything to worry about – I hope – given how Cedric has had a small lease of new life lately. Hopefully the conversation was a productive one and cleared everything up.