Pep Guardiola should be slightly concerned by victory at Leicester City
We've been waiting for Manchester City to collapse like they did last season and it hasn't happened, largely because Pep Guardiola appears to have taken them to another level. But you wonder if, maybe, some cracks didn't appear on Saturday at Leicester City, exactly the kind of well-organized opponent capable of threatening both through guile (Riyad Mahrez) and flat-out pace (Jamie Vardy and Demarai Gray).
The Premier League leaders were fortunate that Vincent Kompany wasn't sent off early and, while they won 2-0, one goal was the sort of highlight-reel, team strike that requires perfect synchronicity to pull off -- and the other was a trademark Kevin De Bruyne long-range effort (yes, he strikes the ball very well from distance and he's done it more than enough times this season, but it's still a low-percentage finish).
Am I nitpicking? Sure. But I guarantee you that, if I'm concerned, an obsessive perfectionist like Guardiola is fretting over it too -- and trying to figure out what to do, particularly now that John Stones is going to be out for the next month or so.
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