686 games Pep Guardiola has coached in his career and until yesterday (Sunday), his team has never conceded five goals. Jamie Vardy’s hat-trick swept Leicester to a formidable 2-5 win over Manchester City, who for the Catalan manager was also the first time in his career that he lost his first home game of the season. City expressed great frustration with the winner’s style of play, with both the manager and Rodry criticizing her for it.
“They go down so deep in defense and we got nervous about not creating situations. “They did not want to play, just go out and do it,” he said Guardiola To the club’s official website, “We knew we would not reach 10 opportunities. We need to know it’s hard. Even at 2: 5 they stood on the 16th line. I’m not going to give up, I’ll try to find solutions. It’s difficult but we have to accept it and we are only after two games. “
The coach also made complaints towards his players, about their mental attitude: “We played so well for 30 minutes, we scored in the fourth minute. But then we started to think we were not playing well, when the situation was reversed. We are not strong enough to maintain stability and patience. I told them at the half that they were playing well, that they would try to be patient and everything else would be under our control. “
also Rodry Complained about Leicester’s defense: “Football was not fair to us. We deserved a lot of things. We played, we tried, they came here with very few things, did two or three things and defeated us. I do not know if it is our fault or their power. I’m young and try to learn in every game, but in games like this, when the opponent does nothing but wait, wait and wait – even when she’s leading – you get confused and do not know what to do. My lesson from this game is to score one goal and then pass 100 dedications from behind – that’s, the game is over. We try to conquer the second and third and it causes ball loss and goal absorption. For me, they were lucky. “It’s okay and we have to congratulate them, but that’s not the way we want to play.”
1 – For the first time in 686 games as a manager, Pep Guardiola has seen his side concede five goals. It is also the first time in 438 games at the Etihad Stadium that Manchester City have shipped five goals in any competition. Famous. #MCILEI https://t.co/M3edianY1v
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Critics in England have of course focused on the defensive squad, as is to be expected after the Blues absorbed a quintet for the first time at the Etihad Stadium, after 438 games in it in all competitions. The Gol website featured two different versions: one called on Guardiola to spend as much money as needed to strengthen the defense, beyond the impending signing of Ruben Diash from Benfica (which would cost 65 million euros), which would fill the space “18 months late”. Which left Vincent Company as a brake with his right foot. Benjamin Mandy was also marked as a weak point and on the left defender’s position it is written that the rotation in it is “the shortest that City has had in years”.
On the other hand, another commentator claimed that pouring money was not the solution and killed Pep Guardiola: “The weakness in the Manchester City defense will not be solved by signing another expensive brake. So far, Guardiola has spent £ 320m on defensive players in the last four years, and his team are still making the same basic mistakes. At this point, it can be said with certainty that the problem is not related to manpower. The main failure is that the defense does not know how to reduce the distance from the center of the field when the knots go out to high pressure, as in the course that led to Lester’s first goal. The lack of communication between the link and the defense is also problematic. It’s a problem of a coach, of a mentality and of leadership. “
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