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Manchester City vs Leicester City at Etihad Stadium

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Etihad Stadium Referee : Mike Dean
6th May 2019 8:00 PM (BST)
  • 1 Manchester City

    • ‘70' Vincent Kompany
  • 0 Leicester City

#mancity

Commentary By Neil Leigh

23:49

Thanks for your Kompany!

So another huge night in the title race.

No-one said it would be easy but City always fight til the end.

Thanks for your time and make sure you join us on Sunday for our final and season-defining trip to Brighton where victory will see us retain our Premier League title.

See you then.

22:27

Pep on Vinny...

Pep: I said 'no shoot Vinny'. He was right to not follow my thoughts. Incredible. The desire to win every game.

He is real defender with personality and leader. I am happy for him for the club and everybody.



21:57

Blue Monday

Pep and the players out on the pitch to thank the fans for their amazing support this season.

Singing the Blues ringing out....Not a bad way to finish the home campaign!!

21:56

One game and counting...

So it all comes down to super Sunday.

We are one point clear of Liverpool with one game to go.

Win at Brighton and we will retain the title.

21:53

Captain Fantastic

How fitting that the man who has given everything for this club over the past 11 years should be the hero again tonight of all nights.

He will never score a better or more important goal!!

88'

Oh my days

City were just cut open and from Choudhury's superb pass Iheanacho had a gilt-edged chance to level but shot wide.

Thank goodness for that.

83'

Not this time

Bernardo tries his luck from outside the box but there's too much purchase on it.

The winger then fires in a delicious cross which Schmeichel scrambles away.,

74'

Stay alert

There is still work to do and Albrighton fires in a shot from 20 yards that Ederson safely deals with.

Keep your wits about you Blues.

61'

Penalty shout...

Sterling runs at the Leicester defence and goes down in the box under a heavy challenge from Choudhury and Chilwell. Ref Dean again says no.

I've seen them given..

58'

Close!!

Brilliant approach play from City as the ball is zipped about the edge of the Leicester area before Gundogan's shot curls just the wrong side of the post.

53'

And again..

More smart build up play before Bernardo bends a curling shot just wide.

Then Sterling drives at Leicester's defence but pulls his effort wide.

We're stepping things up though. Much better.

53'

Close...

Aaargghh. Great crossfield ball by Walker, David Silva heads the ball into the box for Sterling but Raheem can only head the ball over.

HT

Up for the Cup

The victorious Manchester City women's team get a fantastic reception as they show off the FA Cup they won in last Saturday's 3-0 final win over West Ham.

Brilliant achievement.

HT

Half time

That's half time.

Frustrating first 45 minutes. City were slow out of the blocks but we have got better the longer the game has gone on.

A nerve-wracking second half is in store.

44'

Frustrating

Now Sterling's shot is blocked by David Silva.

It's still not quite happening for us - but we are keeping the pressure up and knocking on the door.

36'

Inches away

Just seen a replay of that Aguero header. It struck the bar and then Schmeichel clawed it away as the ball rolled along the goal line.

Could not have been closer

32'

So close...

How has that not gone in?

Sergio Aguero heads in Gundogan's corner and it looks a goal all the way only for Schmeichel to tip it onto the bar and it somehow doesn't cross the line.

Incredible save.

31'

Bernardo brilliance

Amazing skills from our Portuguese maestro as he skips through four Leicester challenges before Gundogan's shot is deflected wide.

22'

Penalty shout..

Fans call for another penalty after an Evans challenge on Sterling in the box but once again ref Dean is unmoved.

City still not quite at the races.

22'

Not this time

City look to launch a quick attack after robbing Leicester off possession but Bernardo can'tr quite connect with a teasing cross ball.

16'

Ironic cheers from the Etihad faithful as Mike Dean awards City a free-kick after a Ricardo foul. 

They feel the ref has let Leicester off with a couple of earlier challenges.

11'

Close

Kyle Walker drifts inside and fires a superb chip ball to the waiting Phil Foden. The teenager swivels and gets in a shot but Schmeichel gathers.

Better from City.

9'

Warning signs

Kompany has to make a crucial tackle to deny Ricardo's goal bound shot and then Albrighton also fires in a shot. 

A reminder that Leicester pack a real threat.

7'

Almost...

After a patient City build up, Sergio Aguero tried to wriggle free and make space for a shot but he is crowded out on the edge of the box.

19:46

Razzle dazzle...

Great touch on the pitch just now as Raheem Sterling was handed his richly-deserved PFA Young Player of the Year award from Peter Barnes who won the award himself back in 1976

19:43

Early jitters...

Prior to the weekend, no side had conceded more goals in the opening 15 minutes of their Premier League matches than the 12 let in by Leicester.

19:39

Condition check?

Just under 20 minutes until kick-off. How we all feeling?

The fans I saw in the concourse were calm but some admitted to feeling a tad nervous.

I second that!!

19:33

Phil yer boots time?

It's another big night for Phil Foden who is handed a place in the starting line-up.

He made a massive impact last time out here against Spurs in our Premier League game.

Let's hope Phil can carry on where he left off that day!

19:24

Rodgers' impact

The Foxes have earned 16 points under Brendan Rodgers since he was appointed at the end of February - only Liverpool and Manchester City have won more in that time prior to the weekend.

It's fair to say the manager has made a big impact in a short space of time.

19:11

Brendan Rodgers' pre-match thoughts...

"What we are trying to develop here is a style not too dissimilar to Man City. When you haven't got the ball, there is a real intent and hunger to get it back, and when you have got the ball you ask as many questions as you can.

"You have to work very hard, and in those moments when you break through the pressure you have to make the most of it, and that's what we will hope to do."

19:08

Pep on Leicester...

"Leicester were a counter-attack team. With Brendan Rodgers they have another way to play. They have incredible quality. I saw the last three games and was really impressed.

"Brendan has shown his incredible qualities as a manager. In two months they already play the way he wants them to play."

18:44

Goalden vision

Pep Guardiola's reigning champions have scored a league-high 56 home goals and not failed to score in any of our 18 top-flight matches at the Etihad.

Yet more astounding stats.

18:35

A wet welcome to Manchester...

The Leicester players are out taking a first look at the pitch and stadium and a number have just been drenched by a sprinkler!!

18:32

Bering the noise...

The atmosphere at our last two home games has been just phenomenal.

Hopefully the fans can raise the decibel levels yet again tonight as their input will be absolutely vital.

18:28

Power Serge...

Sergio Aguero has scored 15 home league goals this season, one shy of his best return set in 2011-12.

And we all remember how that season ended!!

18:22

I know the feeling!!

18:20

Centurions part two?

There could be another notable landmark tonight as Pep Guardiola's side are just one goal short of scoring 100 at home in all competitions for the first time in a season.

Probably worth just drinking that in. Seriously impressive.

18:12

Media frenzy

You can tell it's a big game by the fact the press room is already full to bursting.

Think it's fair to say tonight's game has captured everyone's attention and most of Fleet Street's finest are here in attendance already.

18:09

Hot streak

City are on a remarkable run of form, having earned 12 successive league wins, scoring 27 goals and conceding just three.

It is the longest winning streak in the Premier League this season.

Phenomenal stats in anyone's book.

18:04

Numbers game

With two games to go, the equation for City is simple. Win both our remaining league fixtures and we will retain the Premier League title.

However, with Liverpool two points clear but having played a game more there is no margin for error.

So we know what we have to do.

18:02

Good evening Blues

As if we needed any reminding, a huge, huge game for City this evening as we prepare to host Leicester.

How is everyone feeling? Nervous, excited?

12:20

Goals guaranteed?

There have been 28 goals scored in the past seven meetings between City and Leicester at the Etihad Stadium - an average of four per game.

12:19

Pep

β€œLast season was incredible but this season we are against an incredible team, that’s why I’m so delighted.

β€œWe were losing by 10 points and most thought β€˜it’s gone’ but we didn’t.

β€œI’m so proud of my players, the Club and the organisation.

β€œBut the truth is we have two more tough games and we have to focus because with Leicester, I was very impressed with what I saw and they way the play.”

12:19

Pep

β€œIt's the toughest league I’ve ever played as manager, with the quality from our rival,” he declared.

β€œIn my career as a manager I've played against incredible sides, especially two.

β€œOne is Luis Enrique’s Barcelona with Messi, Suarez and Neymar, the second one is Liverpool. They are the best two sides I’ve faced as a manager."

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Liverpool 37 +65 94
3 Chelsea 37 +24 71
4 Tottenham Hotspur 37 +28 70
5 Arsenal 37 +20 67
6 Manchester United 37 +13 66
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 37 +3 57
8 Everton 37 +8 53
9 Leicester City 37 +3 51
10 Watford 37 -4 50
11 West Ham United 37 -6 49
12 Crystal Palace 37 -4 46
13 Bournemouth 37 -12 45
14 Newcastle United 37 -10 42
15 Burnley 37 -21 40
16 Southampton 37 -20 38
17 Brighton and Hove Albion 37 -22 36
18 Cardiff City 37 -37 31
19 Fulham 37 -43 26
20 Huddersfield Town 37 -54 15
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