Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola defended his team’s system after a four goals to two defeat by Premier League champions Leicester City.
Guardiola started with a back three but reverted to a four-man defence when his side trailed two goals to nill after four minutes.
The Spaniard said: “It is not about the system. We defended well with these players at the beginning of the season.
“Now we have to stand up and analyse what happened, especially mentally to encourage the players to step forward.”
England striker Jamie Vardy scored a hat-trick in Leicester’s stunning win to end his 10-game run without a Premier League goal, while Andy King also netted.
Aleksandar Kolarov and Nolito scored late consolation goals for a Manchester City side who have lost back-to-back league games for the first time under Guardiola.