'We must accept it and move on' - Beaten Guardiola urges his team to stay focused
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'We must accept it and move on' - Beaten Guardiola urges his team to stay focused

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has called on his players to accept their 5-2 defeat to Leicester and 'move on'.

A Jamie Vardy hat-trick and a goal each from James Maddison and Youri Tielemans sealed the win, condemning Guardiola to the heaviest home defeat in a league match in his illustrious coaching career. 

City missed a number of key players for the clash, but Guardiola was keen to avoid the topic, suggesting the win at Wolves meant such an argument was not valid. 

"The last game against Wolves wasn't a problem so why is this suddenly a problem?” said Pep.

“We had problems attacking, it has happened many times against this type of defence.

“They didn't come up to press for 80 minutes, but you have to avoid letting them run into the dangerous positions.

“Even with this, they didn’t run much, but we have to be there when they did.

“That is what I saw on the touchline, but maybe when I watch it back I can see different things.

“I don't know how many chances they created. Their first goal wasn't a counter-attack we were there.

"We have to accept it.”

City will travel to Burnley for an EFL fourth-round clash on Wednesday, before a Premier League clash against Leeds over the weekend. 

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