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Leicester City vs Manchester City at King Power Stadium

King Power Stadium Referee : Mike Dean
26th December 2018 3:00 PM (GMT)
  • 2 Leicester City

    • ‘19' Marc Albrighton
    • ‘81' Ricardo Pereira
  • 1 Manchester City

    • ‘14' Bernardo Silva


Commentary By Caroline Oatway


Boxing Day Blues

Signing off now, you lot. Thanks as always for tuning in.

Enjoy the rest of your festive break. We'll see you again on Sunday as City travel to Southampton, looking to bounce back and end what has been a tremendous year on a high.

Over and out.


Guardiola on Fernandinho's absence:

"We have to try and find solutions. Ferna is not able to play because he's injured and we have to overcome it but Gundo played well."

(On the title race): "Liverpool deserve it. They win games - we don't.

"Last season, we were so consistent, making a lot of points. This year, they are so consistent.

"We have finished the first round. We have had the last two defeats but we have enough points to be Champions.

"The others have made a lot. They have been better than us but we have to accept where we are and start thinking about Southampton.

"We are not talking about Liverpool yet.

"Last season, everyone said it was so easy but I know how difficult it was. We will overcome the situation."


More from Pep:

"Of course, I am (concerned with the lack of clean sheets). Maybe today, they had more chances than Crystal Palace but not too many.

"In the end, the results is what counts and we lost.

"(We will improve by) being together, working harder. We will get the results when we come back.

"The season is not done - we have to fight for many things. We cannot drop.

"In football, you have to accept it and work hard. It's the only way I know."


Pep Guardiola:

"It was quite similar to the game against Palace. We started well and scored the goal; then we conceded the first time they arrived.

"Then it was a fantastic goal to punish us. There are games when opponents create chances and don't score. Football is so fascinating and unpredictable and we have to be humble, knowing every game is difficult.

"They didn't create too much but we are being punished every time. Mentally, we are lacking confidence.

"We didn't have many chances but we were there. Aside from the last five or ten minutes in the first half, we played quite well.

"We have to accept it and realise we have to work harder and try to change results. After that, the confidence will be back."


More from Bernardo:

"We knew we were playing a very strong side. Congratulations to them - they scored an amazing goal and that's it.

"It's never good when the gap increases. Everyone is upset but tomorrow is another day."


Bernardo on the title race:

"It doesn't depend on us anymore because we only play them (Liverpool) once - even if we beat them, it won't be easy.

"We have to try and not make mistakes in our next games. We've lost games we shouldn't be losing if you want to race for the title. It's done but now, we have to move forward.

"The last two games didn't go as expected and those two losses were important ones. Of course, the different between one point (adrift) and seven points is a lot.

"You always have to believe when it's mathematically possible. There are still a lot of games - they can also drop points - but we have to be almost perfect from now on."


Bernardo Silva:

"Of course, we're not happy. We're seven points away from Liverpool - it's a lot.

"We'll try to win the next game against Southampton, knowing we're not playing as well as we wanted at this stage of the season.

"We have to find the mistakes we're making and try to solve them. The most important thing is that we try to improve and get back to winning ways.

"First of all, we need to focus on ourselves and start winning games again."


Premier League results

Fulham 1-1 Wolves (early KO)

Burnley 1-5 Everton

Crystal Palace 0-0 Cardiff

Liverpool 4-0 Newcastle

Man United 3-1 Huddersfield

Tottenham 5-0 Bournemouth



That's that.

City succumb to a second successive defeat, as Leicester come from behind to triumph at the King Power Stadium through goals from Albrighton and Pereira after Bernardo had opened the scoring for the Champions.



To make matters worse, Delph is sent off for a high challenge on Pereira. He did win the ball but he also studded the man.

City down to ten.



Big ask now - too big, you feel given how we've played here today.

Not created anywhere near enough chances and again, our opposition have been clinical.


Sums it up

Aguero with two half-chances - the first a cut-back from Sane, which he air-kicks; the second a ricochet from Danilo's shot, which he heads well wide.

Not been his day.

So far...



Nice touch from De Bruyne to take him into the box but Schmeichel is out to gather.

Just prior, Aguero went down in the box but referee Mike Dean waved away the appeals.



Maguire the first into the book, as he scythes down Bernardo, after the Portugal man displayed lovely skill to nip the ball past him.


Premier League scores...

Fulham 1-1 Wolves (FT)

Burnley 1-3 Everton

Crystal Palace 0-0 Cardiff

Liverpool 1-0 Newcastle

Man United 1-0 Huddersfield

Tottenham 3-0 Bournemouth



A bright start but a very shaky end - City grateful for the half-time whistle somewhat.

Looked in control until the opener (as was the case against Crystal Palace) but conceded instantly (again) and have looked rattled ever since.

Need to calm things down and go back to basics.


Foxes smelling blood

Ederson called into action three times in quick succession - twice to deny Vardy and again to thwart Choudhury!

City rattled!


Great chance!

Casual from Kun, as he clips Sane's cross over the bar!

He was facing away from goal and the ball just bounced up as he struck it but a first-time low drive might have been a better option. A waste, really.


Foxes fired-up

Naturally, the hosts have been buoyed by that equaliser.

It's all been a little scrappy in recent minutes but the Foxes have their tails up.



It's all square again, as Albrighton heads Vardy's delivery across Ederson and into the far corner.

Touch of controversy as City claim Danilo was fouled in the build-up but there's no excuse for that defending. He was unmarked at the backpost...


Sane strike

Sane goes in search of a second, cutting inside and firing towards the near post but his effort lacks the pace to trouble Schmeichel.



Get in there!

City lead through a cool, cool finish from Bernardo, as he collects Aguero's perfectly-weighted through ball, controls and slots beyond Schmeichel into the bottom corner.

Excellent composure.


In control

Think Pep will be fairly happy with this start.

City looking to get forward at every opportunity with purpose.

Need to be wary on the counter, where we've been stung too often this season.

Vardy keen to put the Blues defence under pressure - back-passes and clearances will have to be spot on.


Familiar faces

Former Blue Kasper Schmeichel starts in goal for Leicester today of course. There's no place in the Foxes 18-man squad for Kelechi Iheanacho though.


Bright start

Plenty of early touches for City, as we've dominated possession from the off.

Couple of crosses into the box have been cleared away but the build-up has been fast-paced and we've looked comfortable on the ball.

A point to prove today, you feel.


Battle of the Blues

Both sides sporting their traditional colours - Leicester in their full royal blue; City in our sky blue and white.

We await the coin toss. Sergio Aguero captains the side today.


Fox in the box

In 47 games against City, Liverpool, United, Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal, Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has scored 31 goals.

Facing the Blues, he’s scored five in seven games. Keeping him quiet will be crucial if we are to head home with a crucial three points.


What is 'Boxing Day'?

"Boxing Day in the United Kingdom is the day after Christmas Day and falls on December 26. Traditionally, it was a day when employers distributed money, food, cloth (material) or other valuable goods to their employees. In modern times, it is an important day for sporting events and the start of the post-Christmas sales."

How times change...


Sergio Aguero:

"I'm very happy to be back in the starting XI - back with my teammates.

"Hopefully, it will be a really good game. The most important thing is to get three points.

"It's true (the last few results have been disappointing) but we are the same players and we feel okay.

"With the help of the manager, we'll improve and get good results."

(On scoring four against Leicester in our 5-1 win): "Of course, I remember that game. It was really important to score and help the team.

"Hopefully, today, it will be a really good game as well." 


Team news and tactics (via Club journalist David Clayton):

"Kevin De Bruyne makes his first Premier League start of the season as City make three changes from the side beaten by Crystal Palace.

"Danilo also starts a Premier League game for only the second time this campaign.

"The third change is Sergio Aguero’s promotion from the bench, with Gabriel Jesus out with a slight knock.

"The Blues are once again without the influential Fernandinho, so expect Ilkay Gundogan take over the Brazilian’s holding midfield role this afternoon.

"De Bruyne and Bernardo will complete the trio behind forwards Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Aguero.

"Danilo will replace Kyle Walker at right-back.

"Gundogan’s role will be pivotal. The German has played there a number of times and always done well in Ferna’s absence."


Did you know...?

City have won eight of our last 10 Premier League Boxing Day matches, including the last four in a row.

The Blues are unbeaten in our last four meetings with Leicester in all competitions (W3, D1).

Both of the Foxes' wins in their last 15 matches against City were under Claudio Ranieri in 2015/16.


Pep Guardiola:

“We have to see how we are - our character. We saw many times that we react well and we are going to try again.

"Leicester, we played against them a few days ago and always it is tough to win there, and Southampton again and we will see what happens.

"I spoke with them (the players). [I told them to] recover, train, recovery and prepare for the game against Leicester.

"We have to go to Leicester and win.

"Last season, when it happened that we dropped points, immediately we won again. That’s what we have to do.

"We have two games away before the new year and we have to do that. When you win, always I insist you focus on the next one and now is the same.

"We lose again - it happens - focus on the next one."


Team news

City received a Christmas gift with David Silva back in training - but will El Mago be fit to start this afternoon?

Vincent Kompany is a doubt, having missed the weekend's defeat to Crystal Palace, while Benjamin Mendy and Claudio Bravo are long-term absentees.

Who makes your starting XI...?


Seasons greetings from the King Power Stadium

A very good afternoon and a very merry Boxing Day - one of the best days of the footballing calendar!

Here we are again in Leicester - ready to face the Foxes for the second time in just over a week.

We were triumphant on penalties last time out of course in the Carabao Cup (a good omen as a repeat of last season's journey to success) and although a shoot-out won't be on the agenda this afternoon, let's hope for an equally positive result!

Need to bounce back from Saturday's disappointment too... Come on, City.

Boxing Day - one of English football's best days, with a full programme to look forward to and packed houses up and down the country as fans escape the endless TV re-runs and grab a bit of fresh air...

Other games that day

  • Liverpool4
    Newcastle United0
  • Crystal Palace0
    Cardiff City0
  • Tottenham Hotspur5
  • Burnley1
  • Manchester United3
    Huddersfield Town1
  • Fulham1
    Wolverhampton Wanderers1
  • Watford1
  • Brighton and Hove Albion1

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Liverpool 19 +36 51
2 Tottenham Hotspur 19 +24 45
4 Chelsea 19 +21 40
5 Arsenal 19 +16 38
6 Manchester United 19 +6 32
7 Leicester City 19 +2 28
8 Everton 19 +2 27
9 Watford 19 -1 27
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 -2 26
11 Bournemouth 19 -6 26
12 West Ham United 18 -2 24
13 Brighton and Hove Albion 19 -6 22
14 Crystal Palace 19 -8 19
15 Newcastle United 19 -12 17
16 Southampton 18 -14 15
17 Cardiff City 19 -20 15
18 Burnley 19 -24 12
19 Fulham 19 -26 11
20 Huddersfield Town 19 -22 10
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