Angry Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has blasts African duo of Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama following the Saints 1-0 Premier League defeat at Norwich City.
Canaries midfielder Alex Tettey settled the encounter at Carrow Road with a sweet finish to hand Southampton’s fourth defeat in five games.
Wanyama was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for a needlessly fouled Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe while Mane had been left out of the starting XI for turning up late in the final team meeting before the game
Speaking after the game Koeman said: “Sadio was one of the 11 players [scheduled] to start but we have rules in the team and he made a big mistake before the game. In our last meeting, two hours before [the game], he came late and that’s impossible.
“Everybody knows we have a sanction, you don’t start, then you have to make changes in the team, changes in the all set-pieces and everything.
“I don’t understand a player who’s coming late to the last meeting and my message to Sadio two days ago was that I didn’t think he was really focused and concentrated, that happened Thursday in the training session.
“[He has let down] his team-mates because we as a club like to treat everybody with respect and you have responsibilities as player to the fans, to your team-mates, to the board, to the technical staff and that’s very painful.”
He continued: “Maybe. Ask him. Ask him why?
“There is no excuse. We had a great talk from our chairman yesterday about the club, about the team, about the respect, about the ambition, spirit, focus, concentration, and this happened.
“Also I’m angry about the second yellow card from Victor. A player with his experience needs to know, if you have a yellow already in the game, that you can’t do that tackle on that position on the pitch.”