Fernandinho missed by Manchester City like no one else

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Mahrez is back at his old stomping ground of the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City on Boxing Day and knows there is no room for another slip-up, with a trip to Southampton on the horizon before Liverpool visit the Etihad Stadium in a blockbuster January 3 clash.

"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. How good a team we are.

"There aren't many teams in the world that are happy when they don't win the games but we have to see how our character is", the Spaniard said.

"To lose two games in a row - especially at this important part of the season, is never good", said Bernardo.

City were being tipped as the next Invincibles less than three weeks ago but a defeat at Chelsea has turned everything around.

City had led through an early Bernardo Silva goal but the danger signs were there when Jamie Vardy set up Marc Albrighton to head the equalizer before halftime.

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Back-to-back losses to Crystal Palace and Leicester have left Pep Guardiola's men behind in the title race.

When Delph was dismissed for a high challenge on Pereira in the dying moments, Guardiola's misery was complete. And he will be concerned about the lack of match sharpness shown by Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne who looked sluggish yesterday after injury lay-offs.

"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". They need time and minutes in their legs.

"The depth of squad they've got. the quality they've got and they can go out and win games convincingly".

Worryingly, City have gone nine games without keeping a clean sheet and Guardiola hinted there may be a new dose of pragmatism akin to Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

Leicester City manager Claude Puel has admitted the Foxes' recent meeting with Manchester City in the EFL Cup is giving him encouragement ahead of today's clash with the Citizens. The influential Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho added the other goals in a comfortable win, the 16th of the season with three draws at its halfway point. "We don't have a player like Fernandinho in his position and we have to think about how we solve it".

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