Sagna admits City failed to give their all against Foxes

Bacary Sagna failing to prevent striker Jamie Vardy's shot from crossing the line during Manchester City's loss to Leicester on Saturday.
Bacary Sagna failing to prevent striker Jamie Vardy's shot from crossing the line during Manchester City's loss to Leicester on Saturday.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Bacary Sagna has confessed that Manchester City did not give 100 per cent in their 2-4 loss at Leicester City last weekend and must show more desire to get their season back on course when they host Watford today.

Pep Guardiola's side have not won a home league game since the middle of September and the Spaniard suddenly finds himself struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League.

Saturday's setback was the latest blow for a team who opened the season with 10 consecutive wins in all competitions but now find themselves seven points behind Chelsea, the leaders after 15 rounds.

French defender Sagna admits the Leicester embarrassment was unacceptable.

"I'm very disappointed," he said.

"No matter who's playing, no matter how many chances we have, we should be able to give 100 per cent and (against Leicester) I don't have the feeling we did.

"We have to analyse what happened. I don't think we stuck together during the first half."

Nicolas Otamendi is available against Watford after a one-match suspension, but Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho are still serving suspensions.

A worrying run has brought just four victories in the last 15 games in all competitions, but City's hierarchy insist they will not spend further in next month's transfer window. Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus, signed for £27 million (S$48.93 million) earlier this year, is scheduled to join the club in the new year. And City director of football Txiki Begiristain says he will be the only new arrival.

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri believes his side's 3-2 victory over Everton on Saturday has provided a timely confidence boost.

"I have told my players we can fight against any of the Premier League teams for the three points but we need to be 100 per cent," he said.

But he also fears a wounded City will bounce back.

"We will find Man City very angry and very concentrated," he said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 14, 2016, with the headline 'Sagna admits City failed to give their all against Foxes'. Print Edition | Subscribe