Pep Guardiola “warned” Man City players of potential Leicester comeback

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Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has admitted that Pep Guardiola “warned” his team at half-time about Leicester’s quality in their 6-3 victory over Foxes on Monday.

City were up 4-0 and went inside just 25 minutes thanks to early goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Sterling himself.

But Leicester gathered after the break and managed to pull back to 4-3 with 25 minutes left to play. Aymeric Laporte gave City a little more breathing space shortly after, but the victory was not entirely certain for the Premier League leaders until Sterling made it 6-3 in the final stages.

“The coach warned us at half time,” Sterling said afterwards. “Leicester conceded four in the first half but every time they attacked they created chances.

“It’s disappointing. We just had to control the game. With 4-0 up, you have to kill the game. Leicester have some really good players. They were not disappointed and continued.”

Guardiola himself also said that there was talk of the possibility of a Leicester comeback at half-time, although he did not expect it to actually happen as it did.

“No [I didn’t expect such a second half comeback]”But even in the first half we talked about this at half time, it was 4-0 and we created – but every time they had the ball they came in the last third and created chances.”

The victory was important for City. It was a ninth straight Premier League victory, the kind of victory that underpinned title wins in 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2020/21, and put pressure on Liverpool to match them by at least temporarily extending their lead to six points. .

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