Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola felt his side allowed Leicester to frustrate them in a 5-2 Premier League defeat to Brendan Rodgers' side on Sunday.

City had taken the lead through Riyaz Mahrez but a Jamie Vardy hat-trick helped set the Foxes on their way to an impressive result against one of the title favourites.

Guardiola expressed frustration with how the Sky Blues dealt with Leicester's approach on the break.

He said: "We played really good in the first 30 minutes. We scored early on but I think they defended so deep, so it was not easy.

"In this situation, it happened many times, we have to control the counter-attack. The problem was that we put extra pressure on ourselves to score the second or third one when they just didn't want to play.

"They just wanted to defend and play on the counter-attack and in that position we have to be more calm.

"We started to think we are playing bad. We told them at half-time they were playing good, try to be patient and the rest will be in our hands, but we were not strong enough to be stable and patient."

Vardy and Rodgers had much to smile about

Guardiola would not comment on reports that City are closing in on a £50 million deal for Benfica defender Ruben Dias.

"You know that I don't talk about it," he said. "We'll see what happens."

The potential deal will reportedly see Nicolas Otamendi move in the opposite direction.

Guardiola said he would pay tribute to the Argentinian if and when a move was confirmed.
He added: "It is not official."

His Leicester counterpart Rodgers hailed his best result as Foxes manager.

"It was the best result, that's for sure," said Rodgers, who took charge at the King Power Stadium in February last year.

"The performance and the result were outstanding. We saw Manchester City against Wolves on Monday and we saw how good they are and how fit they are, and how quickly into the game they were.

"We knew it would be a test but tactically we were very good. I set the team up to play differently.

"We are normally a high-pressing team but against a team of this quality we wanted to deny them the space and we knew we had the players to break out and exploit the spaces.

"To go behind so early, we showed calmness. We didn't panic and had good moments in the first half. To go in at 1-1 we were happy but knew we could push on again in the second half."