Manchester City midfielder Rodri said “football has not been fair to us” after Leicester City inflicted the biggest home defeat on Pep Guardiola as Blues boss.
Jamie Vardy scored a hat-trick and the hosts conceded a three penalties in Sunday’s 5-2 loss, which put the Foxes top of the Premier League.
The result came despite Guardiola’s side dominating possession and having 16 shots to Leicester’s seven.
“For me, they were lucky,” said Rodri.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, the 24-year-old Spaniard added: “Football has not been fair to us. Maybe it is our fault, maybe it is their strength – but it is very difficult to explain.
“We did a lot of good things to win the game. A team like Leicester comes here and plays with 11 guys behind the ball.
“I am young and try to learn every game, but games like this – where the opposition do nothing – you are a bit confused. It’s not the way I like to play.”
Guardiola said Leicester “did not want to run”. Although City got an early lead through Riyad Mahrez, other than a Fernandino header that went straight to Kasper Schmeichel, the hosts were unable to exert any pressure on the Foxes goal despite controlling the game.
When Kyle Walker got caught on the wrong side of Vardy and conceded the first penalty just before half-time, Guardiola felt it gave his players a misleading impression of the situation they were in.
“We started to think we were playing badly when it was the opposite,” said the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss.
“We told them at half-time to be patient. But sometimes we struggle with that. It’s not about winning for 10 or 15 minutes. Sometimes you score early, sometimes you need more time.”
With forwards Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus not due back from injury until after the October international break at the earliest, Guardiola needs to find a solution to the club’s attacking issues.
England international Raheem Sterling did not threaten in the false nine role and 17-year-old Liam Delap struggled after being given his Premier League debut as a substitute early in the second half.
“We wanted to be better in the box,” added Guardiola.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers admitted he changed his side’s tactics for Sunday’s game as he knew the threat Manchester City would pose if the Foxes got their usual high press wrong.
“They are a great team,” said the Northern Irishman. “The higher you press with the ability they have, the more they will exploit the space you have left.
“Everyone knows how my teams play but I felt it was important to take their keeper out of it and get to a three-quarters shape, then we could deny them space when the press did come. Thankfully we were able to do that.”
Rodgers said Vardy, defender Jonny Evans and midfielder Dennis Praet suffered hip, calf and knee problems respectively. Belgium international Praet’s is potentially the most severe.
Source: BBC Sport