KEY POINTS

  • Manchester City suffered a 5-2 defeat against Leicester City
  • Pep Guardiola questioned his club’s mindset after the loss
  • Leicester City’s manager Brendan Rodgers praised his team’s effort

Suffering a 5-2 loss against Leicester City didn’t sit too well with Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola. The veteran manager highlighted the lapses of the team after their humbling defeat in their latest Premier League match.

“We played for 30 minutes so good – we scored a goal in [the fourth] minute,” Guardiola said, as reported by The Guardian.

The strong start was not enough for Guardiola’s squad as Jamie Vardy posted three goals, including a hattrick in the 53rd.

“We started to believe we were not playing good when it was the opposite. We are not strong enough to be stable and patient. We started to think we were playing bad. We told them at half-time they were playing good, try to be patient and the rest will be in our hands,” Guardiola added.

It’s still only the second game but Guardiola shared that the team has to accept the loss. On the other side, Leicester’s manager Brendan Rodgers praised how well his team played in the win.

“To beat Man City you have to run like hell,” Rodgers said.

Leicester City is on top of the current Premier League season standings with an undefeated record of three wins.

“The tactical discipline was good and because of their counter-press, you have to get your passes off quick. We fell behind to a brilliant finish. We showed good composure and stayed calm and showed enough that we could cause them a problem,” Rodgers added.

“It was a brilliant performance and result. It has taken me 13 years to play that way – I’m very much about attacking and being aggressive.”

Manchester City is currently tied with Manchester United at 12th and 13th place with a record of two wins and one loss.

Several players such as James Maddison and Youri Tielemans also contributed for the Foxes as both of them tallied the last two goals of the match.

“I always try to be positive but I need to think of other ways to get results in these games. We took out the press from the goal-kicks and went direct but overall the players had to work very hard,” Rodgers concluded.