In winning 3-2 at Bristol City Tuesday, Man City’s run of games without a clean sheet extended to six. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay
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Tougher tests remain for the team, however, particularly with the Champions League resuming next month.It is becoming increasingly clear that Guardiola can no longer rely on City's club captain, a stalwart in the team since 2008 .In Guardiola's seven years managing Barcelona (2008-2012) and Bayern Munich (2013-2016), his teams had the best defensive records in the league each season. Bayern conceded only 17 goals in Guardiola's final year, a Bundesliga record.This season, City have the third-best defensive record in the Premier League, conceding 18 goals in 24 games. The most striking examples of that are Real Madrid's mauling of Guardiola's Bayern in the Champions League semifinals in 2014 and Liverpool's harrying of City's defense at Anfield this month.
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