​Pep Guardiola lavished his Manchester City players with praise after they came from behind to beat Leicester 3-1 in the Premier League on Saturday evening.


The clash at the Etihad Stadium was the first for the Citizens since seeing assistant coach Mikel Arteta take up the permanent manager's job at Arsenal, with Guardiola's side putting in a fine performance after losing a key member of staff.

Having fallen behind to ​Jamie Vardy's breakaway goal, it looked as if ​City were going to lose further ground on both the Foxes and Liverpool in the ​Premier League title race, but the hosts stuck to the task and were full value for their eventual victory.


Speaking after the game, Guardiola was glowing in his assessment of his players, thanking them for 'following' him with a performance that was in tune with his style of play.


"Even before Vardy's goal we were playing well," he said, via the club's ​official website.


"It was an incredible performance with and without the ball and we defended so high. Having Vardy there is so dangerous, but were at a high level so I am so pleased. I must say thank you to the players for following me and playing the way we wanted.


"I have tried to convince the players that this is the team we want to be. If we win or lose, this is the team we can be. I am very pleased. I like to watch my team play in that way. When the team doesn't follow the way I want to play I will leave. I hope in the future we can continue at this level."

Particular praise was reserved for ​Kevin De Bruyne, who put in another man-of-the-match display, with the Belgian providing the assist for Gabriel Jesus' 69th minute goal and in turn registering his tenth assist of the campaign already - more than any other player in the division.


“Kevin we don’t have doubts about," he added. "We cannot expect him to win the game every three days for us. It’s not just with the ball it’s without. He has everything. We want to play good. We have to make a fluent attack and today we did."