Man City 3, Leicester 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

Expectations were high and the team selection looked positive and maybe a bit naive, looking at the opponent and their set up. Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes were both back from start since the last PL game v. Norwich.

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Man City had great ambition and they kept possession and the pressure was intense in the first minutes keeping Kasper Schmeichel busy, but everything was cleverly stopped by the Dane. Then after 22 minutes Leicester counter attacked with a fantastic run by Jamie Vardy played forward with an excellent pass from Harvey Barnes, and as clinical as you can be Jamie scored with a flick over Ederson in the Man City goal.

We all knew and could see that despite Leicester taking the lead it looked as if it would be a heavy struggle and the real problem was the midfield. Youri Tielemans, Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison wasn’t an ideal trio in this game, and they couldn’t hold up the formation and keep the ball as much as you have to.

To see a line-up without Hamza Choudhury against Man City, one of the two teams that Leicester normally would struggle to outplay, especially away, looked a bit odd. To believe that Ndidi could hold this on is own is a bit naive. Would have loved to see Hamza in there to stop those passes and little spaces that De Bruyne is a master to create, and strangely Brendan Rodgers never looked like he was bothered about that at all.

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Man City didn’t lift an eyebrow as they just pushed forward and teared Leicester apart and a lucky strike from Riyad Mahrez via Caglar Soyuncu made it impossible for Kasper Schmeichel to save the deflected shot. Man City were even and just pushed on.

Kevin De Bruyne showed his brilliance and just composed one attack after another and late on in the first half Man City were rewarded a penalty, and despite a clever attempt from Kasper Schmeichel to save, Ilkay Gundogan placed his shot perfectly on the floor down close to the post and Man City were 2-1 up after 43 minutes.

Leicester looked lost also in the 2nd half and could have scored from a Jamie Vardy pass and run, but Harvey Barnes wasn’t able to reach the ball in time and instead stumbled into the Man City goalkeeper. Instead Man City scored a brilliant composed goal after 69 minutes with Gabriel Jesus being last on a great pass from De Bruyne seeing Man City killing of the game and winning 3-1.

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To see a Leicester City team outplayed over 90 minutes wasn’t a pleasure and the gap in quality between the teams were mountains high. As said before a strange line-up and a naive way to try to play Man City at home, it was just a poor and bad display from a Leicester City side that never really had a chance.

To sum it up, here are our short notes

  • Positives:
    • Jamie Vardy scoring his 17 goal of the season, phenomenal
    • Keeping a cool head in the start of the game, taking the lead
  • Negatives:
    • Brendan Rodgers line-up and system, too naive
    • Ayoze Perez and Youri Tielemans, poor performances
    • Not able to take off pressure from Man City
    • Hamza Choudhury, not even on the bench
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7. Pereira 6, Chilwell 5, Evans 6, Soyuncu 6, Ndidi 6,  Perez 4, Vardy 7, Tielemans 4, Barnes 6, Maddison 5, Subs: Gray , Albrighton, Praet

Match Stats:

  • Possession: 59 / 41
  • Corners: 12 / 4
  • Shots on target: 6 / 4
  • Fouls: 10 / 15
  • Offsides: 0 / 1

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