This could be perceived as another case of his authentic approach, essentially challenging the mainstream footballing-norms by addressing the criticism directly and publicly defending his teammates and their performance. Which would be something that you want or expect someone entrusted with the captains armband to do. It is precisely the passion that City fans have been craving for all season coupled with his effort-filled performances and attitude on the pitch.
However, these displays in the media could also be interpreted in the other direction. It could be representative of the lack of accountability that seems to be happening with the club at the moment. You look around the league particularly with the clubs fighting to keep their Premier League season, Crystal Palace are sitting 12th not won a game in this calendar year, dismisses Patrick Vieira. A manager which last season many clubs were envious of the transformation he had made with that side.
Do not get me wrong, the run of form is of course indefensible, but it is not too dissimilar to the run Brendan Rodgers had at the start of the season which had the Foxes sitting on one point after eight games. I completely understand that these two situations are not the same and I will happily listen to the argument of keeping Rodgers based off his previous achievements.