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Leicester City vs Manchester City at King Power Stadium

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King Power Stadium Referee : Anthony Taylor
3rd April 2021 5:30 PM (BST)
  • 0 Leicester City

  • 2 Manchester City

    • ‘58' Benjamin Mendy
    • ‘74' Gabriel Jesus

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20:33

Happy Easter!

Well, that's all from me for tonight!

As always, stay tuned to ManCity.com for more post-match reaction, brief highlights plus a Full Match Replay of the game on CITY+ from midnight.

It's been a pleasure and privilege as always.

Make sure you join us on Tuesday for our Champions League quarter final first leg at home to Borussia Dortmund.

See you then... ๐Ÿ’™

20:23

Pep on KDB's work rate

"This is one of our identities - one of the most talented players in the world plays like this. We spoke about this from day one.

"There is no negotiation on this. You can play bad, find bad form - but in terms of running for your mates, pressing...you have to do it. You do it for your mate.

"We can play good or bad but we cannot deny in five years we are together, the players run hard and fight every single game

"That is something I am incredibly proud of."

20:21

More from the boss...๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป

"Yesterday the players came back and I spoke to some of them and some were tired - three games in 10 days, they travel a lot.

"So we tried to put on the fresh legs as possible today. Except Nathan, the rest of the players were in Manchester.

"The players who didn't play the last game on international duty were ready to play. We were more patient than the game at the Etihad., you have to be patient versus Leicester because they defend so well.

Itโ€™s a good victory and another step."

20:15

Pep's verdict...

"All the managers think the same - after the international break how will players be?

"All these players prove again how consistent they are. The run of games we have won in the last months - very pleased. We need four more victories to win again.

"Now rest, Dortmund, the next one."

19:58

Brendan Rodgers' verdict

"We lost to the better team - and we can have no complaints.

"We didn't make better decisions with the ball but they are a fantastic team and there is no shame (in the result)."

19:54

Ole's impressed!! ( no, not that one!)

19:52

Squad goals... โšฝ

So many impressive individual displays today which only serve to further highlight the collective power and unity of the City squad.

As well as Pep it will be fascinating to hear Brendan Rodgers' take as he too is always so honest and forthright.

19:41

Return ticket... ๐ŸŽซ

Must admit I was a tad nervous ahead of today.

Both the calibre of the opposition and the effect of the international break were a bit of a concern.

What a response though! We jus seem o keep getting better.

And that treat for the eyes will make tomorrow's Easter eggs taste all the sweeter!!

19:32

KDB on returning to club duty ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"I came back Tuesday after the game and trained Thursday and half the team trained yesterday

"All we can do is rest up, be ready for the games and the manager chooses the players who have been here the longest.

"When you win the game itโ€™s always the right pick. The team did really well and I am really pleased."

19:29

Kevin De Bruyne ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"I thought we were really good today. They had the chance with Vardy but in the first half there was basically one team playing.

"If you look at 90 minutes it was 2-0 and we deserved more. After an international break, thatโ€™s really well done by the team.

19:25

Loving this!... ๐Ÿ’™

90'+4'

FULL-TIME โฒ

That's that!

What a way to return to action.

City triumph 2-0 thanks to second half goals from Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus

A 15th successive away win.

RESULT!!!!

86'

Phew..

Some fine Leicester build up play sees the ball drop to the unmarked Maddison in the box but, fortunately, his shot lacks pace and power.

83'

Back in business ๐Ÿ’™

International ring rust?

Not a chance - this has been so impressive. From start to finish we have been in glorious form.

78'

Almost three...

City dispossess Evans, De Bruyne finds the onrushing Mahrez but for once the Algerian's trusty left foot lets him down as the shot goes wide.

74'

Many happy returns!

Job done surely.

City break at speed, De Bruyne delivers a stunning through ball, Jesus drives into the box, finds Sterling who turns and returns the ball to the waiting Jesus who slides home to score.

What a way to celebrate your 24th birthday!!

Superb. Jus superb.


70'

Full throttle

Now Dias stands tall again to deny Perez as he looks to drive into the City box.

City a real mean machine at the back as well as being a joy to watch going forward.

Perfect combination.

60'

Just rewards

Have to say our play more than merited that.

And another reminder that there are goals throughout this team.

Mendy's second of the season and such a crucial time to strike.

58'

Big Ben!!

The most unlikely of sources but our full back has made the all important breakthrough.

Schmeichel flapped at a cross, the ball was reworked and floated over and Mend showed great composure to gather the ball cut inside and place a shot past Schmeichel.

Get in!!

51'

What a tackle

Ruben Dias take a bow.,

The defender produces a stunning tackle to divert a goal bound shot from Tielemans after fine work by Iheanacho.

Crucial stop - Leicester stepping things up.

47'

Nearly...

A looping Jesus cross almost finds Mahrez but Leicester manage o clear under pressure.

City come again and a teasing ball almost finds Aguero in the box.

HT

SECOND HALF โšฝ

We're back under way at the King Power Stadium.

Another big 45 minutes ahead...more of the same please lads.

COME ON, CITY!!!

HT

'Controlled the tempo'

Joleon Lescott's first half verdict:

"We controlled the tempo throughout. Weโ€™ve had six shots and on average that would be good enough for any other team, but we expect more. 

"The Mahrez chance was the clear cut one for me. Itโ€™s just important that we win the game."
 

HT

Reasons to be cheerful ๐Ÿ‘

City dominant but that last scare with Vardy a reminder of what Leicester are capable of.

Everything but the finishing touch from City so far.

I'm confident, however still plenty of work to be done.


Open
41'

Save..

Schemichel is on hand to deny Mahrez from close range after a superb back flick from Jesus.

Then KDB is inches wide with a sunning curling shot.

41'

Two's company

Fascinating to see Rodrigo and Fernandinho playing alongside each other in the engine room.

So assured in their work. So difficult to play against.

37'

That's a rarity

KDB just overhits a through ball to Jesus on the overlap.

Schmeichel then gives he ball straight back to the Belgian.

Must be exhausting for the hosts given the work the are having to put in.


Open
23'

Hit the bar!!

Can't get any closer than that.

KDB's dipping pin point free kick thuds against the Leicester cross bar with Schmeichel nowhere near it.

We've done everything butt score so far.


19'

Special K ๐Ÿ‘Œ

So close.

De Bruyne plays a quite stunning pass with the outside of his right foot into Jesus but the Brazilian can't quite gather the ball.

Aguero then skies he rebound over the bar.

City building up pressure.

15'

Slow burner...

Mahrez finds a fraction of space on he right flank but Evans is on hand to cut out the cross.

Something of a slow burn affair so far save for that Ferna rocket.

10'

Ouch ๐Ÿ‘€

Ndidi is spoken to after a late challenge on Mahrez which leaves the Algerian writhing in agony.

Fortunately Riyad is up and good to go.

5'

That is tough.

Fernandinho slammed home a stunning shot from 20 yards but Sergio Aguero is fractionally in front and in Kasper Schmeichel's' eye line.


3'

Let battle commence ๐Ÿ’ช

City cut out an early Leicester attack with the hosts seeking to gain the early initiative.

Rodri then rises to head clear an Albrighton free kick.


17:28

Almost time! ๐Ÿ™Œ

Out come the two teams.

The hosts emerge first to line up; soon followed by the visitors.

Firs against third. Can't wait!!

17:22

Sergio just is the business - Lescott

Joleon Lescott on Sergio Aguero:

'"He just enjoys it. Iโ€™ve never met someone enjoy what they do as much as he does. He grew into the culture.

"He just came and said Iโ€™ll play my part and just went about his business. We knew to just do our job, because he would do his job up front."
 

17:09

'A big mini season'

More from Aymeric Laporte:

"Itโ€™s the final run now of the season. We have to face that final stretch like it is a big mini season, because we have many things ahead of us." 

17:07

'We are ready' - Laporte

Aymeric Laporte's pre-match thoughts:

"We have many players fresh and today is a good game to play. I think we are ready. It is always difficult when it stops like that and you lose a bit of team rhythm, but weโ€™re ready.

"Leicester is a test, we have to compete how we have done for the last month. I think we have done very well. Hopefully we can win today."

 

17:04

Result...

It's all over in the day's second Premier League encounter with Leeds United securing a 2-1 win over Sheffield United at Elland Road.

16:59

'Riyad's brilliant disguise'

Shaun Goater on Riyad Mahrez:

"He does a disguise that defenders fall for. They canโ€™t read it. I find myself falling for it whilst watching!

"He actually lies players down and his delivery is just sweet. Iโ€™m thinking I would love to be there."
 

16:54

'Pleased to see Sergio start'

Shaun Goater on Sergio:

"Iโ€™m very pleased to see him start. I needed a few days to pick myself up after the news. I had to sort of have my period of thinking that we will no longer have him next season. 

"Iโ€™m glad to see him starting. Iโ€™m intrigued. Jesus may play out wide. I would imagine he would be wide and Iโ€™m sure everybody will be hoping that he gets chances today."
 

16:49

'No weak links'

Joleon Lescott on today's line up:

"It makes sense. The rotation was going to be obvious. Itโ€™s probably a time or a fixture that you can predict the team due to the international break, but it is still a strong team, there is no weak link there.

"Thereโ€™s no weak links in that team."
 

16:43

More from the boss...๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป

Pep Guardiola

"Leicester are a top side, a lot of quality and they are a team who like to play with incredible movements in behind.

"I know exactly what they have done (when they beat us) but it was a long time ago. We know and we paid attention to their last game against Manchester United."

16:41

Pep's pre-match thoughts...๐Ÿ‘‡

Pep Guardiola

"Like every game we decide the best team for us. We believed this is the best one for us due to the international break.

"Sergio trained very well this week and is fit."

 

16:30

Here's how we line up tonight... โšฝ๏ธ

Pep Guardiola makes six changes from the side that won 2-0 at Everton in the FA Cup last time out.

CITY XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho ยฉ, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Jesus, Aguero, Mahrez

Subs: Carson, Stones, Ake, Sterling, Gundogan, Bernardo, Torres, Cancelo, Foden

16:22

Stat attack (part two)...๐Ÿ“ˆ

๐Ÿ”น Leicester's last top-flight victory against a side who began the day top of the table came at Manchester United in January 1998.

๐Ÿ”น They are winless in 15 subsequent Premier League games against the league leaders, losing 13.

๐Ÿ”น The Foxes have lost six home league matches this season - Everton are the only top-half side with a worse record.

16:18

Elsewhere today...

It's been a busy day already with West Brom securing a stunning 5-2 win away at Chelsea to hand Thomas Tuchel a first loss since he took charge at Stamford Bridge.

Further proof, if it were needed, of the fiercely competitive nature of the Premier League.

In the 3pm kick-off, Leeds are currently 2-1 up against Sheffield United while Arsenal host Liverpool at 8pm

16:10

Stat attack...๐Ÿ“ˆ

๐Ÿ”น City have won eight successive away league fixtures, scoring a total of 22 goals and conceding just three.

๐Ÿ”น Pep Guardiola's side have won 25 of their past 26 matches in all competitions, including a club record 14 consecutive away fixtures.

๐Ÿ”น They have conceded just eight top-flight away goals this season, four fewer than any other side.

15:54

Pep's praise for Leicester...๐Ÿ‘‡

The boss was effusive when giving his thoughts on the Foxes in Friday's pre-match press conference:

 Pep Guardiola:

โ€œLeicester is a top class team - they can beat us. The depth of their squad... I am impressed.

โ€œWe will be closer to winning the title if we win and then every game after that is a final. The team will feel that, and we are ready to try it.

โ€œPeople say we are close. The champions are Liverpool. We are in the best position. But United and Leicester can win a lot of games.

15:49

Selection thoughts โ“

We should find out Pep's team choice at around 4.30pm and the boss will have weighed up a number of considerations in drawing up his plans.

April will be another huge month with games aplenty so rotation will again be key for City.

The boss will also no doubt take into account how his international stars have recovered from the recent World Cup qualifiers.

Much to consider then - the good news is that we have demonstrated throughout this season whichever side Pep puts out, there is no shortage of quality!

15:42

Ferna's birthday greetings to Gabriel! ๐Ÿ’™

15:40

Early team news ๐Ÿ“‹

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola reported no injury concerns at Friday's pre-match press conference but said he would continue to assess those players coming back from international duty.

For the hosts, Leicester midfielder James Maddison has recovered from a hip problem, while full-back Ricardo Pereira is also fit after overcoming a hamstring strain.

However, wingers Harvey Barnes and Cengiz Under remain sidelined.

15:34

TUNE IN ๐Ÿ“บ

A return to Club action also means the welcome return of We're Not Really Here, our must-watch live show.

Presenter Natalie Pike will be joined by City legends, Shaun Goater and Joleon Lescott for today's edition, which is available to watch across all of our digital platforms.

We're Not Really Here will begin at 16:25 (UK), and will give you a City-focused build up to our trip to the King Power Stadium.

We will be back in studio at half-time to dissect the first 45 minutes, and then return at full-time where Lescott and Goater will give their post-match analysis, and respond to the full-time thoughts of our fans.

You can get involved in the show by using #WNRH on Twitter.

It's must-see coverage for every City fan. Highly recommended!

15:30

Matchday greetings! โšฝ

A very good afternoon/morning/evening/night wherever you may be in the world.

It's a pleasure to be bringing you coverage of today's welcome return to Premier League action after the first international beak of 2021 - it's a belter too: an eagerly awaited trip to tackle Leicester City.

The Foxes are flying high under Brendan Rodgers and currently lie in third place in the table so a tough test awaits.

As ever, we'll bring you closer to the action with all of the pre-match build-up, live coverage and post-match reaction right here in the Matchday Centre and on ManCity.com - so stay tuned!

How are you feeling ahead of the game/ Confident? Nervous? Excited? Let us know on Twitter, using the hashtag #WNRH. We'd love to hear from you.

COME ON, CITY!!!

10:16

Foxes fitness boost

Leicester midfielder James Maddison has recovered from a hip problem, while full-back Ricardo Pereira is also fit after overcoming a hamstring strain.

However, wingers Harvey Barnes and Cengiz Under remain sidelined.

10:03

More from the boss...๐Ÿ‘‡

Pep Guardiola:

"Leicester can play in different ways four in back. Five, one striker, two strikers. They can play good build up because of the keeper. People in between like Tielemans and Maddison - they have the quality.

โ€œThey can play in different ways. Brendan knows the team and the mood and momentum today decide what they are going to do. We have to adapt.

โ€œYou see all the players, they have quality. Ndidi is going well, Tielemans is a top-class player. I remember when Vincent Kompany started talking about how good he was. Vincent as always was right. Top players with quality.

09:58

The boss gives his pre-match thoughts...๐Ÿ‘‡

Pep Guardiola:

โ€œLeicester is a top class team - they can beat us. The depth of their squad... I am impressed.

โ€œWe will be closer to winning the title if we win and then every game after that is a final. The team will feel that, and we are ready to try it.

โ€œPeople say we are close. The champions are Liverpool. We are in the best position. But United and Leicester can win a lot of games.

09:44

TUNE IN ๐Ÿ“บ

The return of matchday also means the welcome return of We're Not Really Here, our must-watch live show.

Presenter Natalie Pike will be joined by City legends, Shaun Goater and Joleon Lescott for today's edition, which is available to watch across all of our digital platforms.

We're Not Really Here will begin at 16:25 (UK), and will give you a City-focused build up to our trip to the King Power Stadium.

We will be back in studio at half-time to dissect the first 45 minutes, and then return at full-time where Lescott and Goater will give their post-match analysis, and respond to the full-time thoughts of our fans.

You can get involved in the show by using #WNRH on Twitter.

09:39

Matchday greetings! โšฝ

A very good morning to you all!

It's the welcome return of matchday after the international break - and we have a cracker of a game to look forward to later.

City return to Premier League action with a testing trip to third placed Leicester City (kick-off 5.30pm).

As always, we'll have all the build-up for you right here on our Matchday Centre so stay with us throughout the day ahead of kick-off.

Other games that day

  • Leeds United2
    Sheffield United1
    FT
  • Arsenal0
    Liverpool3
    FT
  • Chelsea2
    West Bromwich Albion5
    FT
  • Manchester United0
    Brighton and Hove Albion0
    KO
  • Aston Villa0
    Fulham0
    KO
  • Southampton0
    Burnley0
    KO
  • Newcastle United0
    Tottenham Hotspur0
    KO

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Manchester United 29 +24 57
3 Leicester City 30 +19 56
4 Chelsea 30 +16 51
5 Liverpool 30 +15 49
6 West Ham United 29 +10 49
7 Tottenham Hotspur 29 +19 48
8 Everton 28 +3 46
9 Arsenal 30 +5 42
10 Leeds United 30 -1 42
11 Aston Villa 28 +9 41
12 Crystal Palace 29 -16 37
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 -10 35
14 Southampton 29 -15 33
15 Burnley 29 -15 33
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 29 -4 32
17 Newcastle United 29 -20 28
18 Fulham 30 -15 26
19 West Bromwich Albion 30 -34 21
20 Sheffield United 30 -35 14
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