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Pep Guardiola unable to explain Manchester City's nine defeats this season

:Headline: Pep Guardiola unable to explain Manchester City's nine defeats this season:
Only Chelsea in the current top eight have lost more games.

Pep Guardiola admits he finds it difficult to understand why his Manchester City side have lost nine Premier League games this season.

A superb long-range effort by Southampton striker Che Adams saw City slip to a 1-0 loss at St Mary's on Sunday – the first time in over five years they have been defeated in three consecutive away league games.

It is the first such run of Guardiola's entire managerial career, with Adams taking advantage of Ederson being well off his line to lob in his first-ever Premier League goal on his 25th appearance in the competition.

City rallied but could not find a way past a resolute Southampton defence and an inspired Alex McCarthy between the posts.

The ninth loss of the campaign for Guardiola's side, fresh off the back of a 4-0 thrashing of newly-crowned champions Liverpool on Thursday, means only Chelsea in the current top eight have lost more.

"In general the games we played are more than good," he said.

"We play more than good but it is not enough to win the games. We cannot say we are not team who score goals this season.

"We are leading in goals. We create a lot of chances. We are a team who concede less, no team conceded as few chances as us but we lost a lot of games.

"It's difficult even for me to find a reason why but you have to insist and talk abut the game, the way they play and try to be more, concede as less as possible and up front score."

Guardiola said he was confident he could address the issues and has belief that his current squad – champions in the previous two seasons – remain good enough to do so.

He also defended Ederson after Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl suggested his side had aimed to target the fact the Brazilian often wanders from his line.

"We use our keeper to build up our play," he added.

“We are leading in goals. We create a lot of chances. We are a team who concede less, no team conceded as few chances as us but we lost a lot of games”
- Pep Guardiola

"We use our keeper to play better. It gives us a lot. The mistake is part of the game but we didn't lose for that reason.

"It happens many times this season this situation. The amount of chances we have but it's football. The amount of chances we have but not able to score goals."

Hasenhuttl was pleased to see Adams get off the mark – but was equally complimentary of the striker's work ethic.

"I think it means a lot to him and also to us," said Hasenhuttl.

Ralph Hasenhuttl celebrates after the final whistle (Frank Augstein/NMC Pool/PA)

"He worked hard like all the other guys today, otherwise it would not have been possible to get anything.

"I think we knew that if you want to take something off such an opponent you have to run more, fight more, be brave and in the end have a little bit of luck.

"It is usually not possible but you see that if you believe in what you are doing and fight with passion you get something and I'm very proud.

"It seems that everything was prepared for his (Adams') right moment today. I am very happy for him that he had the right decision in this movement to score."

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CLiverpool38323385335299
2Manchester CityMan City382639102356781
3Manchester UnitedMan Utd381812866363066
4Chelsea382061269541566
5Leicester CityLeicester381881267412662
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs3816111161471459
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves381514951401159
8Arsenal381414105648856
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd381412123939054
10Burnley38159144350-754
11Southampton38157165160-952
12Everton381310154456-1249
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle381111163858-2044
14Crystal Palace381110173150-1943
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914153954-1541
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham38109194962-1339
17Aston Villa3898214167-2635
RBournemouth3897224065-2534
RWatford38810203664-2834
RNorwich CityNorwich3856272675-4921
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