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Where is the early season Manchester City?

December 10, 2016 by  
Filed under Premier League

Premier League gameweek 15: Leicester City 4-2 Manchester City

MCFC started the game in an awful way and conceded two goals in the first 5 minutes of the match. Their misery continued as a third goal slammed down the Citizens with only 20 minutes played against the Premier League reigning champion. Leicester’s forward played with City’s defense by adding a fourth goal and a hat-trick for himself. Thanks to a poor defensive effort Vardy has now scored more goals in one game (3) then during the first 14 games of the season (2). This speaks volume on how bad Manchester City has been lately. After starting the season with six wins, the club directed by Guardiola is slowing getting into a crisis that only a good series of games will annihilate… 

Is the coach in danger? Guardiola speaks after the defeat with a consternated tone: 

“It was definitely not the game we wanted,” he reflected. “In four minutes, [losing] 2-0 is not easy. Leicester are so good on the counter attack and second balls. They defended so well. When they win the ball, they are looking for our back four with their movement. They did well.

“When they arrived [in the final third], they always created problems. We tried until the end. We arrived a lot [in the final third] and we made a few goals. Our game is not bad but in the boxes, we have a problem. It is not about the system. We defended well with these players at the beginning of the season.

In every game, there are some good things but it is difficult at this level at 2-0 and 3-0 down. Now, we have to stand up and analyze what happened, especially mentally to [encourage] the players to step forward. Football is a game of good things, bad things and mistakes. I never complain to my players. I have to look inside myself – what I have to do – and they have to follow me. We have missed points in the last games. We have to change as quickly as possible.”

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