It was another sight to see in City’s dugout. Pep Guardiola who has almost won every trophy there is to win seemed agitated. The Spaniard was seen barking instructions at his players, taking notes from his assistant managers, and sometimes, watching the game in exasperation.
City capitulated by Jamie Vardy’s hat-trick and a James Maddison wonder strike. A Youri Tielemens’ late penalty completed a rare Leicester rout at the Etihad. The absentees from the City team were duly missed by Guardiola as The Foxes cruised passed them in the second half.
The Manchester club had never conceded five goals at home since 2003 when they were thrashed by the Invincibles. However, when Mahrez scored the opener at the fourth minute, it looked like a customary City win was up and coming.
Then, Jamie Vardy stepped up to continue his amazing run against Pep Guardiola’s men. In his last 10 games against them, he has scored an astonishing nine.
Speaking on the loss, Pep Guardiola said, “It’s a tough result but I am not going to give up. I am going to find solutions for the team to be stable. My players might have thought that they weren’t playing well enough after conceding the equalizer but we were well on top at that stage,” Pep Guardiola said.
“The problem was that we put extra pressure on ourselves to score the second and third. We need to be calmer, we don’t have the players to attack the box that we need.”
If you ask a City fan who watches Pep’ press conferences and post-match interviews, he would come out saying that the coach is always straightforward and tells exactly what went right or, in this case, wrong.
But if you want a coach who has the ability to come back stronger than before its Pep. If you want a coach whose team gives an amazing reaction after a loss then again it’s Pep. And maybe that’s why he’s one of the best coaches in the world.