Tiger Fight, September 28. Manchester City lost to Leicester City 2-5 in the previous league. Manchester United star Gary Neville also talked about his views on Manchester City in an interview with Sky Sports after the game. Neville said that Manchester City once again made mistakes last season, and Manchester City is likely to miss the Premier League championship for two consecutive seasons. Neville also said that Guardiola has the opportunity to adjust the team's defense in the next few weeks, and this is his most important job now.
Neville mentioned: "Man City played very well in the first 25 minutes of the game, but when Leicester City broke through their goals, Manchester City's psychological defense has collapsed."
"Man City made many mistakes in the game against Leicester City, and many of them were made by Manchester City last season."
"Manchester City lost the Premier League title because of those problems last season. I think Manchester City's defense has become more unstable than before."
"Opponents can easily break through their defenses, and when the opponents put pressure on Manchester City, Manchester City's defenders cannot react quickly."
Against Leicester City in this game, Guardiola arranged Fernandinho and Rodri in midfield. But Rodri and Fernandinho failed to help Manchester City stabilize the defense. After Fernandinho was replaced, Manchester City was scored four goals by Leicester City. Neville said: "Man City's players made the most basic mistake. They did not perform well."
"Guardiola seems to want to defend his players, but I'm not sure if he can do it. No matter how you look at it, Manchester City's current line of defense is not good enough. Guardiola is a great coach and he is the best in history. One of the best coaches."
"Leicester City won three penalties in the game. Edsson could not do anything about it. Manchester City's defense paid the price for recklessness."
And this game is also the first time Guardiola has lost five goals since he coached 686 games. Neville said: “Man City’s performance is really incredible. There have always been high demands."
"Guardiola's team usually does a good job on the defensive end. Guardiola is standing on the sidelines today, and his biggest challenge now is to help Manchester City regain the Premier League title."
"Man City may miss the Premier League title for two consecutive seasons. I know it is too early to say this, but Manchester City's performance today is really far behind Liverpool's previous performance against Chelsea."
"I think Liverpool will be more confident after watching Manchester City's performance in this game. I know there are still many games to play this season."
"But Liverpool will definitely improve their self-confidence after seeing their direct competitors suffer a fiasco."
Neville also talked about Laporte, who did not play in this game. He said: “Guardiola will definitely seek to improve the team’s defense. Laporte is about to return. They also signed a new guard. In the coming weeks, Guardiola has a chance to improve Manchester City's defense."
"Guardiola has the opportunity to help Manchester City regain the defensive state he once had. He has won so many championships. Manchester City must still believe in him."
"Guardiola's job now is to bring Manchester City to the previous level. He previously set the standard for the team. What he has to do now is to lead the team to the previous standard."