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I don't train tackles - Man City boss Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola says he doesn't coach tackles Credit: PA

A 4-2 loss at Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday means Manchester City have won four of their last 15 games in all competitions - having won Pep Guardiola's first 10 in charge - but despite their poor run of form the former Barcelona boss will refuse to compromise his passing style.

Shellshocked City also failed to win a tackle in the first 35 minutes, by which time they were already 3-0 down, but Guardiola played down the statistic.

The manager was also forced to defend centre-back John Stones again after the £50million summer signing from Everton made another mistake, presenting Vardy with his third goal with more poor distribution.

Today, except the last goal, he made a good performance. Central defenders is just defending, put the ball long, but what we want is a little bit more, not just defending.

I'm not disappointed with my players. When I need to tell them something I will tell it to then, they are professional and old enough to know what happens.

I want to play the football I feel. I cannot say we played badly or didn't play without the intention to create. Always I try to control the games so we concede few goals, in here I cannot do that and I have to analyse why.

The second balls is a concept here in England, I'm not a coach for the tackles so I don't train the tackles.

Hopefully in the future we can improve.

– Pep Guardiola



Chelsea told to forget about signing John Stones

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is adamant John Stones will not be sold and insists Barnsley defender Mason Holgate is not being signed as a replacement.

Everton are determined to keep this man at the club. Credit: PA

England centre-back Stones has been the subject of two failed bids from Chelsea, the last worth £26m, but Jose Mourinho shows no signs of giving up his pursuit while Manchester United and Manchester City have also been linked with the 21-year-old.

But Martinez is determined to hang on to one of his key players. He said:

I have said before the player is not for sale and that is the end of it. Our situation has been very clear from the beginning. We are not a selling club who will lose our best performers.

His performance at the weekend was very strong and for a young man to come up with that leadership is a real sign of what he is as a footballer.

He is very important player for us and we are looking forward to seeing the best of John over the next few seasons, not just the next few weeks.

– Everton manager Roberto Martinez
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