Manchester City midfielder Rodri said ‘football hasn’t been fair for us’ after Leicester City inflicted the biggest home loss on Pep Guardiola as Blues boss.
Jamie Vardy scored a hat-trick and the hosts conceded three penalties in Loss 5-2 Sunday, which put the Foxes at the top of the Premier League.
The result came despite Guardiola’s dominant possession and having 16 shots against Leicester’s seven.
“For me they were lucky,” said Rodri.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, the 24-year-old Spaniard added: “Football has not been fair to us. Maybe it’s our fault, maybe it’s their strength – but it’s very hard to explain.
“We did a lot of good things to win the game. A team like Leicester come here and play with 11 players behind the ball.
“I’m young and I try to learn every game, but games like this – where the opposition doesn’t do anything – you’re a little confused. It’s not the way I like to play. “
Guardiola said Leicester “didn’t want to run”. Although City quickly took the advantage over Riyad Mahrez, other than a Fernandino header that went straight to Kasper Schmeichel, the hosts were unable to put pressure on the Foxes’ goal despite controlling the match.
When Kyle Walker got caught on the wrong side of Vardy and conceded the first penalty just before half-time, Guardiola felt it gave his players a deceptive impression of the situation they found themselves in.
“We started to think we were playing badly when it was the opposite,” said the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss.
“We told them at halftime to be patient. But sometimes we have a hard time with it. It’s not about winning for 10 or 15 minutes. Sometimes you score early, sometimes you need more time. “
With forwards Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus only returning from injury after the October international break at the earliest, Guardiola must find a solution to the club’s attacking problems.
England international Raheem Sterling did not threaten in the fake nine-year-old role and 17-year-old Liam Delap struggled after making his Premier League debut as a substitute early in the second half.
“We wanted to be better in the box,” added Guardiola.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted he changed his side’s tactics for Sunday’s game as he knew the threat Manchester City would make if the Foxes got it wrong.
“They are a great team,” said the Northern Irishman. “The more you tap on the capacity they have, the more they’ll use the space you have left.”
“Everyone knows how my teams play, but I felt it was important to take out their goalie and get into three-quarter form, so we could deny them space when the press came. Fortunately, we were able to do it. “
Rodgers said Vardy, defenseman Jonny Evans and midfielder Dennis Praet suffered from hip, calf and knee problems respectively. Belgian international Praet’s is potentially the toughest.
‘I can’t see Man City winning the league’
Former Tottenham and England winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 Live: “It’s the team with the bigger, fittest team, with the fewest injuries, that will win this league.
“Looking at the size of the Manchester City squad, I can’t see them winning the league.
“I feel for the players of all the teams with the number of games they have to play. They should have gotten rid of a cup and called off the internationals for this season.
“Manchester City have games like this when they’re too slow and too predictable. Pep would have thought that if you score two home goals against Leicester you win the game. But I would say he needs three or four other good players to compete. .
“Unless you were a Leicester fan you wouldn’t have supported them to win the league.
“But looking at the way the league is going, the team with the most quality and body has a good chance of winning something.
“When you take two or three quality players from any team, that team is going to suffer badly. You might even see a team that you wouldn’t expect to be dragged into the relegation battle. “
“You must be wondering if Pep’s playstyle is outdated” – what you said
Paul: It’s Pep being discovered. He spent so much more than any other club and everyone said, “Isn’t he wonderful? Now the control of FFP has intensified and all of a sudden it’s not that great?
David of Leicester: Let’s not have too many bleating from the billionaire club. We missed the wounded [Ricardo] Pereria et [Wilfred] Ndidi, two of our most influential players. We were also playing with Jonny Evans and Maddison in 80% shape who weren’t even in shape.
Mike de Viney Hill: As a Manchester City fan, you have to ask yourself if Pep’s style of play is outdated. His refusal to compromise is comparable to [former Arsenal manager Arsene] Wenger. With teams playing fast and counterattacking football these days, we are still vulnerable and won’t win much, we don’t change.
Dennis Ethan: The current Premier League top four deserve to be in these positions. Miles ahead of the rest.