It’s safe to say Pep Guardiola will not have seen Manchester City’s defeat to Leicester coming.
The Foxes surged into a four-goal lead before City hit back with a couple of late goals, but the damage was already done.
This looked like the Leicester of last season, but more concerningly, the City of old also seemed to make an appearance. Little progress has been made on their hapless defending, and Guardiola has a rather bizarre explanation as to why that is.
“I am not a coach for the tackles so I don’t train the tackles,” he told Sky Sports.
“What I want is to try and play good and score goals and arrive more [in the box].”
Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo came under fire once again, but it doesn’t sound like Guardiola is going to change his possession tactics anytime soon.
The absence of Vincent Kompany in central defence isn’t exactly helping matters, nor is John Stones’ continued poor form, but their manager could at least be working on tackling in the training ground.
City now have two must win games against Watford and Arsenal before Christmas before visiting Hull City on Boxing Day.