Manchester City players reportedly asked Pep Guardiola to stop tinkering in the aftermath of Sunday's defeat at Tottenham.
The defending Premier League champions fell 22 points behind current leaders Liverpool after second-half goals from debutant Steven Bergwijn and Son Heung-min gave Spurs a 2-0 win.
It is understood that Guardiola's side were kept in the dressing room for a 45-minute inquest following the final whistle at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
And the Daily Mail claims that the meeting saw some players senior raise concerns over their manager's frequent rotation of players and tactics over the course of the season.
Guardiola has not fielded the same starting XI in back-to-back matches since the start of the campaign and has also regularly altered his formations since Mikel Arteta's departure in December.
His 76 team changes are the most of any other manager in the Premier League this season, with 16 more than Chelsea boss Frank Lampard in second and 30 more than Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
According to the publication, the Spaniard also asked his players for suggestions as to how they can improve on their performance in North London, which saw them suffer their sixth league defeat of the season.
Although City dominated possession and had more chances against Jose Mourinho's side, Ilkay Gundogan saw his penalty saved by Hugo Lloris, while Sergio Aguero hit a post and missed a sitter from six yards.
And it became an uphill task for Guardiola's side when Oleksandr Zinchenko received a second yellow for tactical fouling.
With Liverpool now needing just six more wins to secure their first league in 30 years, Guardiola once again voiced his belief that Klopp's can't be caught.
"They are far away, they are unstoppable and a lot of points (clear)," he said.
"Of course now it is to target other competitions and qualify for the Champions League next season.
"Two seasons ago when we had 100 points we finished 19 points clear of United and in that period Liverpool were strong.
"The team is good and I like the way my team play but it is not enough, we are far away and the distance is so big and it is the reality."
City will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they host West Ham on Sunday before starting their winter break.
They will then face third-placed Leicester on February 22 before the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash against Real Madrid a few days later.