Leicester beat City to pull off second shock

Leicester beat City to pull off second shock

Leicester beat City to pull off second shock

Now they have to play catch-up and their lack of reaction to going behind to Chelsea, Palace and Leicester leaves City's mentality open to question.

However, another routine win and a 12th clean sheet in 19 Premier League games will do little to dampen expectations ahead of a huge week for Liverpool with Arsenal visiting Anfield on Saturday before a visit to City on January 3.

Lineker is a known admirer of former Barcelona boss Guardiola - who guided City to the league title with an astonishing 100 points total last season - meaning the TV pundit's message is sure to be tongue-in-cheek.

Liverpool, meanwhile, face Arsenal and Guardiola warned his rivals that it can be hard to lead from the front when everybody expects you to win.

Pep Guardiola insists his belief in his Manchester City players will not waver after they suffered another damaging defeat in their quest for back-to-back Premier League titles.

There are now two huge games coming up either side of the new year, and before the FA Cup third round.

City's 2-1 defeat at Leicester left Guardiola's side seven points behind Liverpool and one below Tottenham Hotspur.

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"We lost again. We have to accept the reality and come back as soon as possible to win again - for all the competitions, for ourselves", he said.

Indeed, every other club has lost at least three times in the top flight, highlighting just how impressive and relentless Klopp's team have been.

The problems are mounting up for Guardiola as Liverpool extended their lead at the top to leave City ruing a week either side of Christmas that threatens to see the trophy prised from their grasp.

"It's just information. We have to win our games, we have to be focused, we need to be really in the mood with having tunnel vision". We had more chances than them.

"I had no idea how any other teams were playing, I didn't even know where they were playing so afterwards I got the results and I can say it didn't do a lot with me, if it did anything, to be honest".

"If we are able to keep our level then maybe we can talk at the end of the season that we are champions".

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