Manchester City 3-1 Leicester City: Match report, player ratings, fan reaction and more

Match report

In-form Manchester City made predictably short work of Leicester City on Saturday, to close the gap ever further to Premier League table-toppers Arsenal.

The Sky Blues, of course, were back in action a short time ago.

Fresh off a scintillating three-goal downing of Bayern Munich in the Champions League’s quarter-finals in midweek, Pep Guardiola’s troops turned their attentions back towards matters on the domestic front, in a meeting with the aforementioned Leicester.

And, within the opening 25 minutes at The Etihad, the outcome was as good as decided.

Kicking the day’s scoring into gear was John Stones, who continued his fine stretch of individual form in driving a left-footed effort home from the edge of the visitors’ penalty area:

Erling Haaland then added his customary goal of the day from the penalty spot a short time later, before doubling his tally courtesy of a fine dinked finish, after being set free by Kevin De Bruyne:

Leicester, from here, did at least manage to steady the ship, albeit in large part as a result of City taking their foot off the gas.

This opened the door for Kelechi Iheanacho to slot home a close-range consolation fifteen minutes from time, but the result was long decided, as the evening’s hosts emerged comfortable 3-1 victors.

Player ratings

Manchester City

Ederson - 6

Kyle Walker - 5.5

Ruben Dias - 5.5

Aymeric Laporte - 6

John Stones - 7.5

Rodri - 7

Riyad Mahrez - 6

Kevin De Bruyne - 8

Bernardo Silva - 5.5

Jack Grealish - 7.5

Erling Haaland - 8.5

Substitutes: Julian Alvarez - 5.5, Manuel Akanji - 6, Kalvin Phillips - 6, Cole Palmer - 5.5, Sergio Gomez - N/A

Leicester City

Daniel Iversen - 5

Harry Souttar - 5

Caglar Soyuncu - 6

Wout Faes - 5

Wilfred Ndidi - 4.5

Youri Tielemans - 4.5

Timothy Castagne - 5

Victor Kristiansen - 5.5

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall - 6

James Maddison - 6.5

Jamie Vardy - 5

Substitutes: Kelechi Iheanacho - 6.5, Luke Thomas - 5.5, Dennis Praet - 5, Nampalys Mendy - 5.5

Fan reaction

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