Pep’s Boxing Day Post Match Reflection as City Trash The Foxes (6 – 3)

Manchester City continues their impressive premier league run as they beat Leicester City 6 – 3 in an exciting Boxing Day match. The City boss – Pep Guardiola has described the game as a “Boxing Day Rollercoaster”, speaking in a post-match press briefing.

City had a comfortable 4′ – 0 lead in the first 25 minutes of the game, before conceding 3 goals to the foxes in the second half. Goals form Aymeric Laporte and Raheem Sterling secured our victory and hope for the premier league title race. Guardiola hailed it as another important win and praised his side’s patience in the face of Leicester’s fightback.

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“(Today was) A roller coaster”, The City boss reflected.

“It was a typical Boxing Day game, (with) lots of goals. It was entertaining for everyone. Another victory, so important to continue our run. Now we rest for three days and go to the next game.

No (I didn’t expect such a second half comeback). But even in the first half, we spoke about this at half-time, it was 4-0 and we were creating – but every time they had the ball they arrived in the final third and created chances. The game was open. They are a big team with a lot of quality. Then they changed to 5-4-1. We know the quality in the build-up – Vestergaard is a very good player., Kelechi, Lookman…

In the last six games in the Premier League against them we won five, but it is always really tough. When you play teams like Leicester, always you suffer. They have quality in these positions. We struggled a little when we lost the ball. At 4-2 the mindset of the players changed, and at 4-3 we are closer to losing and we have doubts. But we were patient, we had chances and won the game”.

Pep further acknowledged how the nature of the premier league is unpredictable.

“Football is unpredictable, everything can happen, and they scored two goals,” Guardiola continued.

“But it was not because we had to solve much. I give credit to them. Sometimes the teams are good and when that happens, they can do what they did. The game was really good. We could have scored much more”.

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