Jamie Redknapp believes Manchester City were ‘incredibly lucky’ not to have thrown away a three-goal lead in their 3-1 Premier League win over Leicester City on Saturday.
With Manchester City leading 3-0, Pep Guardiola took off Erling Haaland and John Stones at half-time. The City boss also took off Rodri, De Bryne and Grealish early in the second half.
Manchester City’s rhythm was disrupted by the changes. After Kelechi Iheanacho scored, Leicester City had several good opportunities to score again.
“It could have backfired horrendously for Manchester City, when you think he’s taking off the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Rodri, Grealish, Haaland,” Redknapp said, speaking to Sky Sports after the full-time whistle.
“Then it goes to 3-1, Maddison has a great chance, Iheanacho has a chance as well, they’re obviously right in the game and Man City had no answer for it.
“They got away with it, they absolutely got away with it today and it was one of those where of course you’re trying to make changes, you’re trying to protect players because you’ve got so many big games coming up, but they were incredibly lucky today.
“From Leicester’s point of view they’ll look at it like okay, it was 3-1, I’m sure at half-time Dean Smith would have signed for that, my goodness, he’s probably thinking we can get done six here. But, when you see the changes, goals, momentum and everything starts to go against you for Manchester City, Dean Smith can turn that into a positive although I think it was almost self-inflicted by Manchester City with the changes that Pep Guardiola made.”