It also vindicated Ranieri's decision to rest Vardy and other key players during the 5-0 loss at FC Porto on Wednesday, when Leicester's qualification for the Champions League round of 16 as group victor was already certain. But after four minutes, 2-0, in the mind of the players they say, 'Wow, what happened?', it's not easy for them.
The champions have struggled to recapture the form that carried them to a fairytale title last season but were back to their imperious best at times during the match at King Power Stadium, where the hosts were 2-0 up after just five minutes.
In a snapshot of City's problems, Vardy completed his hat-trick with 12 minutes left after latching onto John Stones' poor back-pass.
Shellshocked City also failed to win a tackle in the first 35 minutes but Guardiola played down the statistic.
But Guardiola insisted: "The second ball is a concept this is typical here in England when they use a lot of tackles".
The former France worldwide took the reins at the Premier League side's sister club on January 1 and enjoyed a promising debut season in charge, leading New York City to a second-placed finish in the Eastern Conference, before losing 7-0 on aggregate to Toronto in the play-off semi-finals.
Aleksandar Kolarov and Nolito scored in the final 10 minutes for City, who now sit four points behind leaders Arsenal in the title race and will be seven points behind Chelsea if the Blues beat West Brom on Sunday. It was the first time in 23 years that six home teams scored three goals each on a single day in the league, according to stats company Opta. "Of course, at the end we were a little exhausted and they scored twice, but the performance was good". I can not say we played badly or didn't play without the intention to create.
The former Everton man looked uneasy for much of the game, and in footage captured by Leicester's "Tunnel Cam", it appears to show Stones being the only player to be taken away by testers as they went back to their changing rooms.
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"I feel what I feel".
"I think he had a good performance".
Stones attempted a risky pass that was pounced upon by Vardy, but Guardiola defended the centre-back's commitment to playing his way out of trouble.
Central defenders is just defending, put the ball long, but what we want is a little bit more, not just defending.
"He never told me "I need to score", never".
"I'm not disappointed with my players". "There are people [at Manchester City] who believe in me a great deal and have given me a desire to work hard and make sure I don't disappoint them".
"It is down to us to maintain the focus and the desire to improve".