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Rodgers has made Leicester title rivals, says Guardiola

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Rodgers has made Leicester title rivals, says Guardiola

SHOWS: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (NOVEMBER 25, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

RAHEEM STERLING TRAINING 2.

KEVIN DE BRUYNE MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 2, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) PEP GUARDIOLA, MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER, SAYING: "I think it's typical for this league and the history that it involves many teams (the title race).

So the last years were just one or two and this one Leicester is there because it's doing incredibly well since last season when Brendan Rodgers took over the team, they immediately changed the way they play and had the results.

We knew it when we played against them the previous last game last season and they continued doing very well, it is a fantastic team." MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - SEPTEMBER 30, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 4.

STRIKER SERGIO AGUERO JOGGING MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 2, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 5.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) PEP GUARDIOLA, MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER, SAYING: "We spoke two days ago, 10 days ago, he's (Sergio Aguero) not ready for the derby, so after the derby we will see." MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (NOVEMBER 25, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 6.

FORWARD, GABRIEL JESUS TRAINING ALONGSIDE MIDFIELDER BERNARDO SILVA MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 2, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 7.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) PEP GUARDIOLA, MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER, SAYING: "It is good, they believe it, they have to believe they will win tomorrow, that is the fact.

The situation that we are (in) we cannot think too much about the people who are in front.

So I think we have to think about what we have to do to win the games and play quite similar to the way we played the last games, especially the last one

Class="kln">Newcastle, or even except 20, 25 minutes against Chelsea.

We were better the other ones, we played good, especially in the second half.

"So try to be, the chances that we have and if you concede to be more solid in this department, we will improve." MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (NOVEMBER 25, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 8.

MIDFIELDER DAVID SILVA STRETCHING 9.

MIDFIELDER RODRIGO STRETCHING MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 2, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 10.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) PEP GUARDIOLA, MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER, SAYING: "It's always difficult for all the teams the way they play, what they do they do it perfectly, the fact they play it quick with (Ashley) Barnes and (Chris) Wood after they arrive attack quick, arrive in the side and make good crosses, good finishing with the two strikers.

They are so good with the second balls, of course they provoke free kicks, corners, set-pieces, so we have to try to adapt to this style of play and try to impose our way." MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (NOVEMBER 25, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 11.

PLAYERS TRAINING STORY: Brendan Rodgers has turned

Class="kln">Leicester City into serious title contenders, according to Pep Guardiola whose Manchester City side slipped three points behind them at the weekend.

While Guardiola's champions were held to a frustrating 2-2 draw at Newcastle United, leaving them 11 points behind leaders

Class="kln">Liverpool, Leicester secured a last-gasp 2-1 win over Everton the following day to cut the gap to eight.

Leicester, who won the title in the 2015-16 season against odds of 5,000-1, have won six matches in a row in the league.

Since Rodgers replaced Claude Puel in February, no other team outside of Liverpool and City have amassed as many points.

"I think it's typical for this league and the history that it involves many teams," Guardiola, who takes his side to Burnley on Tuesday knowing they need to put a long winning run together, told a news conference.

"Leicester is there because it's doing incredibly well since last season when Brendan Rodgers took over the team, they immediately changed the way they play "We knew it when we played against them the previous last game last season and they continued doing very well." City's hopes of a third successive Premier League title are in danger of disappearing after this month's 3-1 loss at Liverpool and Saturday's dropped points at Newcastle.

The usual zip has been missing from City's forward play and they have gone four Premier League games without keeping a clean sheet with Guardiola deploying midfielder Fernandinho as centre back alongside John Stones.

City enjoyed 77 percent of possession against Newcastle and had 24 goal attempts but were not clinical -- a theme that has developed this season, allowing Liverpool to pull clear.

They will again be without striker Sergio Aguero who will also miss next weekend's derby against Manchester United because of a thigh injury.

(Production: Andy Ragg)




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