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Former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott believes rival teams have come up with a formula to stop Pep Guardiola’s team, but insists they are good enough to overcome anything that comes their way.
City He started this season stuttering, winning just two of his first five Premier League games. That saw them slow down the pace set by Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool at the top.
However, Guardiola’s team has started to show its title muscles with some consistent performances in recent weeks. As such, Lescott you’re backing them to click gear when it matters most.
In assessing why their form has not been as in previous seasons, Lescott suggested that teams may have “ worked ” on them.
“You’d expect the teams to have come up with a different approach against Man City. Not many teams have been successful against them in recent years, so managers adapt and try to find a way to make it difficult for them, “he said. TEAMtalk in a BT Sport event.
“When a team has beaten you comfortably on a few occasions, it would be a bit naive to go back with the same approach. So I was hoping the teams would offer something different and it has made life more difficult for City.
“One problem is that Man City is being compared to the high standards they have set. If they only win 1-0 or 2-0 now, people will see it as a sign that they are not as good as they were a few years ago.
“Some teams can win by playing ugly and are praised for it. Unless Man City wins 6-0, it’s not considered good enough. People ask if they are boiling off. But now they are finding their consistency and will be back in the mix for the title.
“The league will be different this year. Spurs and Chelsea are competitive and that has given them a different advantage. Some teams are taking points away and there are some surprising results. City have the opportunity to regain the ground they lost at the beginning of the season.
Agüero’s absence is a factor
Lescott also believes the absence of Sergio Agüero due to injury has been a factor in their downfall in City goals this season. Guardiola’s men have scored 13 fewer goals than they did at this stage last season.
“They are not converting as many opportunities as they have in recent years. That’s why they have been wrong in a few more games over the course of this year, ”added Lescott, who won the Premier League title with City in 2012 and 2014.
“When you are in the big clubs, there is pressure to get to the last stages and lift the trophy. They must be more clinical in the face of goal.
“At the end of the Champions League, there are the best teams and the best players. They will punish you if you don’t risk it.
“That is what City have found in the Champions League in recent seasons. But I don’t think they are pushing themselves too hard to win the competition. Sometimes you need some luck in a cup competition. Some things have gone against them at crucial moments. “
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