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Guardiola admits Man City are lacking ‘confidence’ defensively after Leicester loss

Pep Guardiola admits his Manchester City team is lacking confidence in the defensive third after they slipped to their second successive defeat today, losing 2-1 at Leicester City.

City have now gone nine games in all competitions without a clean sheet and Guardiola knows they will need to rectify this in order to get back to the top of the Premier League.

“It was a similar performance to the Crystal Palace game, we started well but conceded a goal the first time they arrived in our box. Mentally we are lacking confidence in that situation.’’ Guardiola told BBC Sport.

“We have to accept it, we have to realise that we have to work harder and try to get immediately one good result and get our confidence back.

“Of course we are worried [about not keeping clean sheets], the result is what counts, we lost. In four days we have another one. We are together, we will work harder and we will come back with some good results. The season is very long and we have lots to fight for.”

Guardiola also conceded Ricardo Pereira’s winning goal was a fantastic strike for The Foxes.

“It was another fantastic goal against us. There are games when your opponents have clear chances and don’t score and games when they score goals like this.” He added.

Next up for the reigning Champions is an away trip to Southampton next Sunday.

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