Man City play Leicester off the park

Manchester City produced a performance reminiscent of last season as they played Leicester City off the park at the Eithad Stadium on their way to a comfortable 3-1 victory on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s team took the game to the visitors from start to finish, although did fall behind on the counter-attack.

Jamie Vardy put the Foxes ahead on 22 minutes completely against the run of play. The striker produced a fine finish to continue his excellent goal tally for the season. It was one of just two shots Brendan Rodgers’ side had all game.

Manchester City reduced the points deficit to one on Leicester in second place as they scored three unanswered goals in response to Vardy’s opener. The first came on the half hour mark through Riyad Mahrez. The Algerian’s shot took a huge deflection to beat Kasper Schmeichel against his former club.

The hosts went ahead shortly before half-time when Raheem Sterling was felled in the penalty area by Ricardo Pereira. Ilkay Gundogan duly converted to send City into the half-time break with a 2-1 lead.

Guardiola’s side continued to press in the second half and got what they deserved when Gabriel Jesus made it 3-1 in the 69th minute. Leicester never looked like getting back into the game after that, and quite frankly, hadn’t looked like getting into the game before either.

It’s all too little too late for the defending champions though as they are 11 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool, who also have a game in hand.