Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

CITY Defence Is Big Issue for Pep

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

CITY Defence Is Big Issue for Pep

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THE problem with City's defence is that it isn't set up to defend a lot!

Pep Guardiola has made playing on the front foot a trademark of his teams, and by dominating possession the opportunities for opposing teams to build pressure are usually limited.

That looked to be the case for the opening 13 Premier League games, when the Blues conceded just five goals in a remarkable start to the season. However, Leicester's two makes it ten goals conceded in the last six, and it is now nine without a clean sheet in all competitions.

Where Kyle Walker was the villain against Crystal Palace, Fabian Delph made a couple of errors at the King Power Stadium but the problem is a collective one according to the manager. He said: "We started the season with cleans sheets, we conceded five goals in I don't know how many games. …

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