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Southampton boss blames ref for Europe exit

Southampton fell foul of poor refereeing decisions as their European adventure ended prematurely, according to their manager Ronald Koeman.

The Dutchman saw his side lose 1-0 to FC Midtjylland in Denmark on Thursday night and, having only managed a draw at St Mary's seven days earlier, Saints crashed out of the Europa League at the play-off stage.

Ronald Koeman has pointed the finger at the referees. Credit: PA

"I have to say, and it's critical to both referees in both games, if you analyse both games, we had more chances," he said.

"We scored a normal goal last week and if you watch television and you see the free kick of Ward-Prowse - it's a penalty. So easy. But if you don't see it that still makes it more complex, more difficult.

"Then the final result, the final result of last week, is totally different (if the decisions are correct). Congratulations to Midtjylland. They play well, they play out of a good organisation and they scored today and we didn't.

"It's two mistakes. It's one penalty and one goal and it's a big influence on the result. It's different reasons. One of the reasons was the referee of today because it's a penalty. Last week it's a normal goal but we did a mistake and they scored for 1-1."


Watford boss aims to stop in-form Man City

Watford boss Quique Flores has said "everything is possible" ahead of his side's trip to in-form Manchester City on Saturday.

The Premier League newcomers will be looking to cause an upset at the Etihad, but City currently have a 100 per cent record and have thus far looked unstoppable.

Quique Flores is hoping for a shock on Saturday. Credit: PA

"They have a lot of tools, and a lot of players with different characteristics - the power of (Sergio) Aguero, the intelligence of (David) Silva, the football of Yaya (Toure). We will try to solve this," Flores told Hornets PlayerHD.

"For us it is very important to prepare a good plan and a good strategy, with the idea to be competitive. In football everything is possible.

"We are happy with our results in the league and we are in a good position in the table. Of course we have a very tough opponent, but my approach does not change."


Wolfsburg confirm Man City De Bruyne talks

Kevin De Bruyne could finally be on his way. Credit: PA

Kevin de Bruyne's transfer to Manchester City has not gone through yet, although Wolfsburg's director of sport Klaus Allofs has confirmed talks between the two clubs are under way.

Reports in England and Germany claimed on Wednesday night that widespread agreement had been reached between all parties, with estimates ranging from between 75 and 80 million euros for a transfer fee.

There is no agreement with De Bruyne and with Manchester City.

We have agreed to open negotiations, and that has happened, but Kevin is still a Wolfsburg player.

We are not in any rush to get this (transfer) through. The interests of both sides must be considered.

If our expectations are not fulfilled, Kevin will be playing for Wolfsburg this season, and I wouldn't mind that.

In the end, there can only be winners from this deal and that applies also to Wolfsburg. If that is not the case, then there will be no transfer.

– Wolfsburg's director of sport Klaus Allofs

Man City sign Spanish teenager from Villarreal

Manchester City have brought in Spanish youngster Aleix Garcia from Villarreal, the teenager has confirmed.

The midfielder, 18, made his first-team debut against Athletic Bilbao last season and will cost the Premier League side around £2million.

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