Pep clear about City problems
Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola pointed to a lack of precision in his side's build-up play as the main problem in the goalless draw at home to Southampton.
The Citizens dropped two points as they managed just a single shot on target against the Saints, with City now 10/11 to successfully defend their Premier League title, while Liverpool can be backed at 7/2.
We didn't win because the process to build up, to create, to give better balls to the players up front was not good.Pep Guardiola
Having thumped RB Leipzig 6-3 in the Champions League in midweek, the hosts were expected to secure another victory at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
However, Saints not only matched their opponents, but looked the side more likely to go on and take all three points.
And, after a disappointing 90 minutes, the Spaniard was clear where the problems lay for his misfiring outfit, playing down the lack of more than one out-and-out striker among his options.
Guardiola explains struggle
He told the club's official website: "We didn't win not because we don't have a centre-forward. We didn't win because the process to build up, to create, to give better balls to the players up front was not good.
"When it is good, you can run, you arrive in better positions. Of course, we had just one shot on target, but there were four or five blocked in the six-yard box, so we were there.
"That is not the reason (we didn't win). The reason is because we didn't do the process for our back four and Fernandinho.
"The five guys who have to bring the ball to the other players were not good."