Man City’s Pep Guardiola doesn’t regret controversial ‘tackling’ comment

MANCHESTER — Pep Guardiola has no regrets despite being criticised for saying he “didn’t coach tackles” after Manchester City’s heavy defeat at Leicester City last season.
City return to the King Power Stadium where they suffered a humiliating 4-2 loss last December with only two late goals making the scoreline more flattering for Guardiola’s side.
Guardiola faced some criticism after City failed to win a tackle in an opening 35 minutes where they conceded three goals and were completely overrun by the Foxes.
The Catalan hasn’t changed his principles, with City in third for the fewest tackles this season and fourth for fewest tackles won, despite them opening up an eight-point gap at the top of the table.
“Tackles are so important because they are part of the game, but they are not the most important issue of the game from my point of the game,” Guardiola told a news conference.

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