Remember 'Fraudiola'? Guardiola defends Man City stars after shock defeat

Norwich City's Teemu Pukki celebrating after scoring his team's third goal on Saturday leaving the crestfallen City defender John Stones and goalkeeper Ederson looking for answers

Norwich City's Teemu Pukki celebrating after scoring his team's third goal on Saturday leaving the crestfallen City defender John Stones and goalkeeper Ederson looking for answers

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola shrugged off his team's shock 3-2 English Premier League defeat by newly promoted Norwich City yesterday morning (Singapore time), saying his team simply can not be expected to win every week.

The champions were beaten in the league for the first time since January on Saturday, losing 3-2 to a patched-up Norwich side at Carrow Road.

Kevin De Bruyne has reminded those writing Manchester City off that they fell seven points off the pace last season before staging a stirring fightback to beat Liverpool to the Premier League title.

"I think we lost this game because of us", Rodri told City's website.

They didn't create so many chances, but they got three goals - we played Bournemouth and they had more chances than Norwich did today, but we won that game - football can sometimes do this.

"That's something we have to look at ourselves and solve our mistakes".

Tammy Abraham took his tally to seven goals in three games with a hat-trick to join Sergio Aguero as the top scorer in the Premier League. "The team is working, we are down now but we have to wake up because we have matches every three days".

While a "lost season" in the league where the Reds romp to their first title in 30 years and deny City a historic third-consecutive crown will be hard to swallow, such unprecedented dominance in world football's most competitive domestic league is simply too hard to achieve with the Champions League in mind.

"The season is very long", he added.

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Jurgen Klopp's men claimed their 13th consecutive league win as they bounced back from conceding an early goal against Newcastle United to claim a 3-1 triumph thanks to two goals from Sadio Mane and another from Mohamed Salah. It's normal. We are not flawless, and the good thing is we are at the start of the season not the end.

"That's the only positive thing we can say".

"But within the changing room, we knew whoever was on that pitch would have given everything for the shirt and for the fans".

"We're five games in and five points behind Liverpool already". "There were plenty of injuries but we couldn't use that as an excuse".

"That's what happened and we got our just rewards. The manager has a squad together that he's confident in whoever plays will step up to the plate".

McLean, who headed Norwich in front, revealed the work that took place on the training ground included practicing front-post runs after it was identified as one of City's vulnerabilities.

"The ball from Emi (Buendia) was ideal".

"It's something we worked on, that's not a coincidence". The "most solid and incredible defender that we had in the previous season", in Pep Guardiola's words, was missing from the City team with a knee injury and will continue to be missing until the new year.

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