Jack Grealish ‘waited in the tunnel’ to confront Southampton star over brutal treatment

Southampton chief Ralph Hasenhuttl has revealed Jack Grealish waited to face Oriel Romeu in the tunnel after the two clashed on the pitch in Manchester City’s 1-1 draw with Saints on Saturday night.

Kyle Walker-Peters powered Southampton ahead with a superb solo strike before Aymeric Laporte headed home to secure some of the spoils for the champions.

But it was Grealish and Romeu who caught the eye after the pair clashed in the first half.

The Saints midfielder slammed into City’s £100m man – prompting an angry reaction from Grealish.

The England ace was taken away by his team-mates after jostling Romeu, but Husenhuttl revealed the bad blood didn’t stop at the final whistle as the pair had words in the tunnel.

Jack Grealish reacted angrily to a juicy challenge from Oriel Romeu

“I think they had a discussion with Oriol because Grealish was waiting for him in the tunnel because of a few things that happened outside on the pitch,” Hasenhuttl told Sky Sports after the game.

“It wasn’t right but it’s not [to be discussed] here for the cameras.”

But despite speaking out about the clash, Hasenhuttl revealed the pair have redeemed themselves after their on-pitch dramas.

“They talked about it, everything is fine,” added the Saints leader.

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Grealish pushed Romeu and waited for him in the tunnel after the game
Grealish pushed Romeu and waited for him in the tunnel after the game

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Despite Laporte’s late leveling, City squandered the chance to open an unprecedented 14-point lead at the top of the Premier League, despite still remaining 12 points clear of Liverpool.

The Reds, however, have two games in hand and could reduce that lead to just six points if they can win them both.

City boss Pep Guardiola was keen to focus on the positives after the game and insisted City produced “an outstanding performance” against Hasenhuttl’s impressive side.

He told the BBC Match of the Day: “It was a good entertaining game and we put in an outstanding performance.

“Before the goal, we started well with good preparation, and the last 25 minutes of the first half and the whole second half were brilliant.

“We would like to score more and win, but in the end we are happy with the performance.”

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