Claude Puel has bemoaned his sides luck and called for the introduction of video technology after Southampton were wrongly denied an 11th minute goal against Manchester United in the EFL Cup Final on Sunday, 90min reports.
Manolo Gabbiadini scored from close range after a Cedric cross had found him in line with Chris Smalling, but Ryan Bertrand had strayed a yard offside. The linesman raised his flag although the Italian wasn’t in an offside position and the goal was duly disallowed.
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Speaking to the Mirror shortly after the game, Puel said:
“I would like, of course, the video [technology] for the future.”
“We scored first, but the decision was not for us. We had a very good start, and it’s always better to be 1-0 up. Sometimes you get a bad decision and it’s important to accept this,” the Frenchman added.
“We came back with quality. Perhaps we deserved better, but it’s football and congratulations to Manchester United. There’s a lot of disappointment of course. We had a fantastic game without the reward. I hope we can continue on this level.”
Southampton fought back from 2-0 down to level the game 2-2 before Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a late, late winner. The 35 year-old glanced home an Ander Herrera cross on 87 minutes to leave the Saints fans heartbroken.
However, Puel commented on how proud he was of his players’ efforts:
“I’m proud of my players. They played a fantastic game.
“We had many chances, we stayed in the game and came back just before half-time. After that we came back with good attitude, good spirit and continued our good work.
“Now we must come back in the Premier League with strength and quality.”