Leicester beat City to pull off second shock

Leicester beat City to pull off second shock

Leicester beat City to pull off second shock

Liverpool's trip to the Etihad Stadium on January 3 is now a must-win encounter.

'Now there will be doubts among my players, ' acknowledged Guardiola. In all the games we were better and stable.

"When we win I insist they are calm and now it is the same".

"We have to except the reality".

They are seven points behind leaders Liverpool, while Tottenham are just one point ahead, and City have now picked up just three points from a possible 12 in their last four Premier League matches.

When Delph was dismissed for a high challenge on Pereira in the dying moments, Guardiola's misery was complete.

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Back-to-back losses to Crystal Palace and Leicester have left Pep Guardiola's men behind in the title race. Apart from the five or 10 minutes at the end of the first half when we conceded two or three chances in a row - because sometimes it happens - the rest was no big issue. Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero both came off the bench against Palace after dealing with injuries over the past few weeks. They need time and minutes in their legs.

"The game was there but it took a fantastic goal to punish us", added Guardiola whose team romped to the title last season and looked firm favorite until a recent poor run. Jamie Vardy scored his team-best sixth goal of the season in the victory.

Worryingly, City have gone nine games without keeping a clean sheet and Guardiola hinted there may be a new dose of pragmatism akin to Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

After providing three assists on his return to the starting line-up in a 5-1 win at Cardiff at the weekend Pogba showed the goalscoring threat he also poses from midfield by striking twice in 14 second-half minutes.

Leicester manager Claude Puel, reportedly under pressure, has seen his team beat Chelsea and now Manchester City in successive games to move into seventh spot.

He now feels justified in the much-criticised decision to pick a weakened team for their Carabao Cup exit against Manchester City. Ilkay Gündogan, John Stones and Fabian Delph - who will now be suspended anyway - have deputised for the Brazil midfielder in the past two seasons but none of those players ticks all the boxes like Fernandinho does.

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