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Leicester succumb to Man City masterclass

Leicester City 0:2 Manchester City

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Leicester sunk by subs at Old Trafford

Manchester United 2:0 Leicester City

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Late lapses from City denied them a point from a decent display, with United subs Rashford and Fellaini sealing a 2-0 win for the early pacesetters.

Craig Shakespeare stuck with the starting XI that beat Brighton, and they got off to a good start, although Morgan had to block a Mkhitaryan shot in the first minute.
At the other end, a curling 25 yarder from James went narrowly wide.
A long ball forward then evaded Vardy by inches as de Gea came out to collect.
Morgan blocked another Mkhitaryan shot, the ball looping up into Schmeichel’s grasp as Mata closed in.
United had the ball in City’s net in the 18th minute, when Schmeichel saved a Lukaku shot but Mata netted the rebound. The offside flag looked harsh.
United had a head of steam up now and Pogba met a Martial cross at the far post but sent his shot back across goal and wide of the left hand post.
A minute later Schmeichel stretched to save a Mata effort that was heading for the top left hand corner.
A rare atack for City saw Vardy collect a long ball and tee up Okazaki for a low 20 yard shot that de Gea saved comfortably.
With United pressing forward again, Pogba unleashed a 25 yarder that narrowly beat the the left hand post.
Pogba followed this up with a couple more long range efforts that went well wide, and then continued his shooting frenzy as half time approached, forcing a good save from Schmeichel and sending another one narrowly wide.
It was all United up to the break, but Lukaku sent a header wide and City held out.

City were still on the back foot early in the second half, and United were awarded a penalty when Simpson handled a Martial cross that hit him on the arm from close range. It looked harsh, but Lukaku sent his spot kick too close to Schmeichel, who pulled off a fine save.
City then had an attacking spell of their own, with Mahrez looking dangerous. He skinned Jones inside the area, but de Gea managed to block his near post shot.
Craig Shakepeare made a double change on the hour, bringing on Gray for Albrighton, and King for Okazaki and Gray was soon haring forward, though his pass to Mahrez was too late and his shot was blocked by Jones.
Mahrez then tricked his way past Blind before firing a shot across goal, but no blue shirt was on hand to divert it goalwards.
In the 67th minute Mourinho brought Rashford on for Mata and the game swung in United’s favour again.
Rashford had a shot blocked by Maguire, who had been superb in City’s defence again, but the sub didn’t have long to wait for a goal.
A Mkhitaryan corner from the right found Rashford, completely unmarked ten yards out, and his sidefooted effort struck the turf and deceived Schmeichel, spinning through his attempted parry.
Slimani replaced Vardy as Shakespeare sought a way back into the game, but it was a United sub, Fellaini who would seal the game for United.
In the 82nd minute, United’s 100% start was confirmed when Lingard fired a shot goalwards and Fellaini stuck out a knee to divert it into the net. He looked fractionally offside, but the goal stood, and there was no way back for City.
In time added on Gray delivered a low cross from the right, but King’s near post effort was blocked by de Gea.
Lukaku’s last chance at becoming the first United player to score in his first three games was frustrated by a Morgan block.
It was a decent showing from City, but United were already looking like title contenders.
Craig Shakespeare summed up: “We knew we would have to frustrate them coming here and for large parts of the game, I thought we did that and did it really well. Of course we needed to do a bit better with the ball at times but I felt for large chucks of the game to 70 or 75 minutes, we did. We frustrated and restricted them. We knew they’d have moments. Then they managed to capitalise on the big moments.”

United: de Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Blind, Pogba, Matic, Mata (Rashford 67), Mkhitaryan (Fellaini 74), Martial (Lingard 76) Lukaku. Subs Not Used: Smalling, Romero, Herrera, Darmian.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, James, Ndidi, Albrighton (Gray 60), Okazaki (King 60), Vardy (Slimani 76). Subs Not Used: Chilwell, Iheanacho, Hamer, Amartey.

Referee: M Oliver. Attendance: 75,021.


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Leicester coast to victory over Brighton

Leicester City 2:0 Brighton & Hove Albion

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City eased their way to victory against a toothless Brighton side, with goals from Okazaki and Maguire at the KPS on Saturday…

City, with an unchanged starting line-up from the Arsenal game, set the tone inside a minute, taking the lead against the Premier League new boys.
Mahrez shimmied round Seagulls left back Suttner as though he wasn’t there, and fired in a low shot which Ryan could only parry out to Okazaki, who gleefully netted from six yards.

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City should have gone 2-0 up after a defensive error saw Okazaki break through in the 16th minute, but his cut back to Vardy saw Duffy blocking two scuffed efforts from the England striker.
Okazaki then sent Vardy in on goal, but Ryan raced off his line to meet him, taking a blow to the face for his trouble.
Brighton had little to offer going forward, and although their first attack saw Murray volleying into the net, a linesman’s flag for offside halted the celebrations.
Brigthon’s other notable attempt on goal saw Morgan block a fierce shot, but penalty appeals were turned down.
City were happy to let Brighton have possession, but they couldn’t convert it into chances, and City threatened on the break.
Vardy delivered a cross from the right which Okazaki met at the near post, but he directed his effort just the wrong side of the upright.
The half ended with lengthy treatment for Duffy, after an aerial collision with Okazaki.

City continued to look comfortable in the second half and doubled their lead in the 54th minute. A Mahrez corner from the right saw Maguire rise at the far post to nod past Ryan. This capped a superb performance from City’s new centre-half, who had treated the home crowd to several surging runs out of defence, combined with incisive passing, making his £17m fee look like a bargain.

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Mahrez, who had also had a fine game, then looked set to wriggle and pirouette his way through a crowd of yellow shirts, before being halted by a strong challenge.
At this stage Knockaert was introduced to the action and received a huge ovation from the home crowd,  but he had little chance to impress, with City now in charge of the proceedings.

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Another surging run forward from Maguire saw him fouled on the edge of the area, but Albrighton’s free-kick was blocked by Knockaert.
The game then drifted towards its inevitable conclusion. Hemed forced a saved from the under-employed Schmeichel with a well struck 25 yarder, and then Okazaki was replaced by Slimani after putting in another huge shift.
The final spell of the game saw a couple of injury worries, with Morgan looking to have tweaked his troublesome back again, and Vardy limping off after a collision with Ryan.
The final whistle heralded City’s first win of the season, which was essential looking at the upcoming fixtures.
Craig Shakepeare was happy: “When you get a start like that it’s very pleasing. It was hard to break them down today but it was a professional performance to the end. It didn’t feel as comfortable as the stats suggest. We learned cruelly about game management last week, but to get the first win under the belt was the main thing.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, James, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki (Slimani 75), Vardy (Gray 90). Subs Not Used: Chilwell, King, Hamer, Amartey, Ulloa.
Brighton: Ryan, Bruno, Dunk, Duffy, Suttner, March, Propper, Stephens, Murphy, Grob (Knockaert 62), Murray (Hemed 66). Subs Not Used: Bong, Hunemeier, Skalak, Maenpaa, Rosenior.

Referee: L Probert. Attendance: 31,902.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber


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Leicester confirm Harry Maguire signing

Leicester completed a five-year deal for Hull’s Harry Maguire this afternoon…

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The 24-year old defender has completed the deal for an undisclosed fee thought to be around £17m.
Although Hull were relegated from the Premier League, Maguire had an impressive season, with solid defensive stats and a willingness to go forward and have a crack at goal.
The Sheffield-born England under-21 international should be a vital addition to a City defence that had began to look stretched towards the end of the season.

Maguire, the first signing under Craig Shakespeare,  told LCFC TV: “There were a number of clubs interested, but when I met the manager here, he pretty much swayed it into the direction of this club.
He showed me the way that the club is going. It’s on the up and it looks very promising for the future, so credit to the gaffer.”

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