Pep Guardiola reveals reason for Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, and Ilkay Gundogan omission at Leicester

Manchester City extended their comfortable lead at the top of the Premier League table with a 2-0 win over Leicester City.
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Manchester City extended their comfortable lead at the top of the Premier League table with a 2-0 win over Leicester City.

Pep Guardiola was adamant about avenging Manchester City's previous loss against Leicester. The Foxes ran rampage at the Etihad Stadium in the last Premier League meeting between the two sides. It resulted in Leicester City's 5-2 win and raised several questions regarding City's defence.

However, this time, the Manchester City boss instructed his team to remain patient against Brendan Rodgers' side. During his post-match interview, Pep Guardiola explained that Leicester City always take a defensive route against his team. 

The Blues drew lessons from their last match and knew that they had to avoid getting nervous after taking the lead. Pep Guardiola wanted his players to remain aware of plausible counter-attacks and was pleased with his team's performance. 

Speaking after the game, Pep Guardiola told Sky Sports, "Our commitment was good in terms of the ball, more patient than we were in the first game at the Etihad winning 1-0 we were nervous, and you have to be patient to attack Leicester because they defend so strong and deep and punish you with a counter. We were pleased, a good victory and another step."

Pep Guardiola also discussed his team selection and revealed that he purposely benched the 'tired players' after their international break.

A few of them returned to training earlier than others, hence the Catalan manager picked only those players who had ample rest before Saturday evening's match. 

"Yesterday, the players came back, and I spoke with some of them - some of them were tired. Three games in ten days with a lot of travel - and we tried to put out as fresh legs as possible, except Nathan (Ake), which was a pity," Guardiola began.

"The rest of the players were here in Manchester, and the players that didn't play the last game on international duty were ready to play."

Manchester City will now turn their attention towards the Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund in midweek - as the likes of Erling Haaland travel to take on the Premier League leaders at the Etihad Stadium.


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