Man City boss Guardiola: Up to me to fix this

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Manchester City were hit by a stunner for the second time in the space of four days as Ricardo Pereira's late strike sent them home from Leicester with no points.

Everton scored three goals in the opening 22 minutes in a 5-1 win over Burnley, with goals from Yerry Mina, Richarlison, two from Lucas Digne and a penalty from Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Just four days after Andros Townsend had helped Crystal Palace to a 3-2 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, Pereira hit an 81st-minute victor to give Leicester a 2-1 victory on Boxing Day at the King Power Stadium. "Obviously, his debut at Anfield and with a great atmosphere, but bad memories because obviously we lost the game".

Centre-back John Stones deputised at the weekend, while the more attack-minded Ilkay Gundogan was deployed at the base of the midfield in Leicester. "We have to find an explanation and we need a good reaction from all the lads at Southampton". Ferna was not able to play because he's injured. "It's happened, accept the reality and try to win again for our confidence", said Guardiola. You have to be confident to play and to come back.

Even for a squad as deep as City's, English football's unique combination of a packed festive period and an extra cup competition can stretch resources.

Liverpool are now top of the table, six points above Tottenham Hotspur in second.

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.

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David Silva, who has been out with injury since his side's 2-0 defeat to Chelsea, has returned to first-team training and could start at the King Power Stadium.

There appeared to be no danger when Aguero linked up with Bernardo Silva, who gave City the lead early on.

A Manchester United side containing Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney were the last to do it in 2008/09.

Was that the moment Liverpool fans truly believed they could win the title this season?

"Last season, everyone said it was so easy, but I know how hard it was", insisted Guardiola. "Normally with those points we would be fighting to be champions. They (Liverpool and Spurs) are both so consistent".

That was the case with many others posting about Guardiola.

Mahrez starred as part of Leicester's championship-winning team but was sold to City in the summer. It was possible because we made the rotation.

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