Manchester Metropolis ahead Raheem Sterling has admitted that Pep Guardiola ‘warned’ his workforce at half-time about Leicester’s high quality of their 6-3 victory over the Foxes on Boxing Day.
Metropolis have been 4-0 up and cruising inside simply 25 minutes because of early targets from Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan, and Sterling himself.
However Leicester rallied after the interval and managed to drag it again to 4-3 with 25 minutes nonetheless to play. Aymeric Laporte gave City slightly extra respiration room quickly after, however the victory wasn’t totally certain for the Premier League leaders till Sterling made it 6-3 within the closing levels.
“The supervisor warned us at half-time,” Sterling mentioned afterwards. “Leicester conceded 4 within the first half however each time they attacked, they created probabilities.
“It is disappointing. We simply needed to management the sport. At 4-0 up, you need to kill the sport. Leicester have some actually good gamers. They did not get disheartened and saved going.”
Guardiola himself additionally mentioned the potential of a Leicester comeback was spoken about at half-time, though he didn’t anticipate it to truly occur the best way it did.
“No [I didn’t expect such a second half comeback],” he mentioned, by way of ManCity.com. “However even within the first half, we spoke about this at half-time, it was 4-0 and we have been creating – however each time that they had the ball they arrived within the last third and created probabilities.”
The win was an vital one for Metropolis. It was a ninth consecutive Premier League victory, the type of run that underpinned title wins in 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2020/21, and put the strain on Liverpool to match them by no less than quickly extending their result in six factors.