Mentally lacking confidence in defence: Guardiola after 2nd straight Manchester City loss

first_imgThe first few months of the 2018-19 season, Manchester City looked like they would run riot over the Premier League like last year. Come December, the tables have turned and how. Manchester City are now third on the league table with Tottenham Hotspur on second with 45 points, a point ahead of City and Liverpool up top seven points clear of Guardiola’s men.On the Boxing Day, when Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United ran riots over their opponents, City lost 2-1 to Leicester City – their second straight loss after a 2-3 defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.”It was a similar performance to the Crystal Palace game, we started well but conceded a goal the first time they arrived in our box. Mentally we are lacking confidence in that situation,” Guardiola told the BBC.”We have to accept it, we have to realise that we have to work harder and try to get immediately one good result and get our confidence back.”Of course, we are worried (about not keeping clean sheets), the result is what counts, we lost,” Guardiola further said.Manchester City won the Premier League last season with 100 points and Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp has already declared that the competition in the league is so staunch that the Reds might need “104 points” to win the title this time around.Guardiola said it was important to accept that two-three teams are better than them at this point in time and were peaking at the right time.”They are better than us in that moment, you have to accept it, and it’s important to accept where we are, and they are improving,” Guardiola added.advertisement”The reality is there are two or three teams better than us. We’re not talking about whether we can take Liverpool or get to Liverpool or whatever, the issue is about winning another game, and thinking in ourselves about how we can improve.”Guardiola said that now the City players will have doubts in their heads but this is time to remember how good they were and get back to winning ways”Now there will be doubts, and what you have to do is try to change the dynamic to winning and put in a good performance,” Guardiola said. “I don’t forget who we are, how good we are, how exceptional the lads are in the locker rooms.”The fact is we lost three in four, and the last two, and if you want to be real contenders we have to win again.”Leicester manager Claude Puel was facing questions about his future at the club before Saturday’s win over Chelsea and now suddenly, he has pulled off two big wins against Chelsea and City.”A good Boxing Day! We know when you play Chelsea and City it’s difficult to have the ball but you must have this mentality to defend together and try to use good recovery and fast passes to break,” Puel said.”We deserved this result. We had more chances than them. We changed the system to get a better balance in the team and it is a fantastic result for this team.”(With Reuters inputs)Also Read | Liverpool extend lead over Manchester City after contrasting results on Boxing DayAlso Read | Juergen Klopp keeping the door open for Liverpool signings in January transfer windowAlso See:last_img read more