Leicester City 0:2 Manchester City
Leicester could do nothing to prevent Manchester City racking up their 10th consecutive Premier League victory, prompting Claude Puel to call them “The best team in Europe”.
Puel made one change to his side, with Albrighton in for Okazaki, and they almost breached City’s defence in the third minute.
Iborra threaded a ball through to Vardy who was in on goal before Kompany brought him crashing down. With the crowd baying for what looked like an obvious red card, referee Graham Scott produced a yellow.
Leicester were giving a good account of themselves before City settled into their stride and Mahrez beat Delph down the right, before delivering a hard and low cross that Kompany blocked, the ball going uncomfortably close to the near post.
By the 20th minute City were gaining control and Sané, a constant threat down the left, cut a ball back for Silva who forced a good save from Schmeichel.
City then lost Stones on the half hour when he pulled a hamstring while pursuing Gray down the left. But this didn’t stop their relentless ramping up of the pressure.
When Leicester did get hold of the ball it was soon given away, but Morgan and Maguire both produced good blocks to cut out the final pass in the area.
A low cross from Sané was blocked by Schmeichel, and Silva fired an effort over.
Just when it looked as though Leicester might survive to half-time, Man City spirited their way through the defence with a sublime move. Sterling played a through ball to Silva who timed a perfect run to stay onside and square for Jesus to tap the ball home from close in.
Half time guest Esteban Cambiasso earned a rousing reception, adding to his legend with the words: “I was at Leicester for one year, but I will be a supporter all my life”,
before Leicester set about the tall order of getting back into the game in the second half.
Their best chance came in the 49th minute when Maguire latched onto a poor punch from Ederson and struck the right hand post through a crowded area, but 25 seconds later they found themsleves two down.
From the rebound City poured forward at pace, Sané set up De Bruyne on the edge of the area and he made himself some space before launching a rocket into the top corner.
The game was gone and the damage limitation exercise kicked in now. A stretched home defence did pretty well, snuffing out several intricate moves in the penalty area.
Leicester created a couple of chances on the break, but on both occasions Vardy was frustrated by the linesman’s flag.
Iheanacho, Okazaki and Slimani were thrown into the fray, but nothing could disrupt the Man City flow and the visiting fans were “Ole-ing” as their side enjoyed almost total possession.
The stands began to empty as Leicester chased shadows for the last quarter of an hour, and there was nothing to do but acknowledge that this Manchester City side is one of the greatest we have seen in English football.
Claude Puel pointed out that it could have been a different afternoon: “The first move for us and the foul from Vincent Kompany, I think it’s a red. This action can change the feel of the game.”
But in honestly it looked as though City had another gear to spare.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez (Slimani 83), Ndidi, Iborra (Okazaki 83), Gray, Albrighton (Iheanacho 67), Vardy. Substitutes: Chilwell, King, Hamer, Dragovic.
Man City: Ederson, Walker, Stones (Mangala 31), Kompany, Delph, De Bruyne (Gündogan 89), Fernandinho, Silva, Sterling (Bernardo Silva 84), Jesus, Sané. Substitutes: Bravo, Danilo, Agüero, Y Touré.
Referee: G Scott. Attendance: 31,908.
ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber
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