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Leicester City vs Manchester City at King Power Stadium

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King Power Stadium Referee : Paul Tierney
11th September 2021 3:00 PM (BST)
  • 0 Leicester City

  • 1 Manchester City

    • ‘62' Bernardo Silva

#mancity

Commentary By David Clayton

17:31

That's all folks...

OK people, gonna wrap this up now - stick around for more Pep reaction, Bernardo on camera and the short highlights on mancity.com - all coming up soon! We've also got the extended highlights and Full Match Replay at midnight, so fill your boots!

Been a pleasure to share the afternoon with many thousands of fellow Blues - we'll be back on Wednesday against Red Bull Leipzig  as our Champions League adventure begins again - until then, keep well and have a great weekend.

17:30

Final words from Pep...

"Of course I'm happy with the three points. Our performance was outstanding. Leicester, like the last years, have always been fighting until the end. 

"I'm very pleased. If you are able to score or shoot, I don't know how many, it is because you are doing very good things.

'Kasper Schmeichel is an incredible keeper and saves these goals." 

17:26

'Keepers did everything perfectly' says David James

'This was probably a perfect example of the goalkeeping role, Kasper’s made loads of saves, he was very busy. 

'Ederson’s impact too, that save in the first half, his save in the second half, he’s not had much to do. I’ve been saying a lot about Ederson. 

'I feel for him in that he doesn’t have a lot to do but today he did everything perfectly which allowed City to get three points against a tough Leicester side. 

'Three points is all that mattered.'

17:21

Pep reaction

 On the performance:

"It was excellent. We played really well from the first minute. After the international break, you always have doubts. We were a high level again for three weeks in a row. 

"We had many chances and could have scored more goals. This is a step we still need to take."

On Schmeichel's heroics:

"What can I say? The keeper is the best player of the Leicester team because we did many, many good things. 

"You have to be patient. They are so dangerous when they attack outside so it's difficult to control them but we did well."

16:56

That win puts us second for the time being - United's win over Newcastle means they are top by a point as things stand. Three wins and three clean sheets in a row - we're back on track!

16:53

Thoroughly deserved victory for City who dominated this game for large periods. Yes, Leicester had their chances, but they were few and far between. This was a polished, professional display by the champions

90'+2'

Close!

Oh, Jack! Clean through on the left of the box but his effort is easily saved by the keeper who sets his team on the counter again - that could have been game, set and match

89'

Free-kick wasted and almost sets the Foxes away on the counter, but Grealish tracks back and wins the ball right in front of Pep - he will have enjoyed that!

81'

Neil Leigh at the King Power...

"To quote the late, great David Coleman, what a save.

"Ederson proving his worth once again with a stunning and brave block to deny Ademola Lookman when the Leicester sub looked odds on to score as the hosts broke through the middle.

"The Foxes are throwing everything and the kitchen sink at City as we approach the last 10 minutes.

"Hold on to your hats folks!'

77'

Close!

Lookman finds himself with just Ederson to beat - but it's never really 'just' Ederson, is it? The Brazilian spreads himself and saves well. Another reminder that a second goal would be very welcome for City

62'

Grealish played it to Joao Cancelo on the left of the box and his low shot is deflected into the path of Bernardo who fires into the roof of the net to make it 1-0 - GET IN BLUES!!!!!

56'

Close!

Gundogan should score! Cancelo's excellent cross from the left finds the skipper in the box but his header goes well over - very good chance again and our 13th of the game

55'

Close!

Great ball through to Ferran Torres who dashes between two defenders before hitting an early low shot just wide. Pep said he moved like Vardy and he just proved it - should have worked the keeper at least though

52'

Neil Leigh at the King Power:

"Two huge let offs for City at the start of the second half.

"First Harvey Barnes’ header struck the top of the bar as he found himself unmarked 15 yards out in the box after a quickfire Leicester attack.

"Then Jamie Vardy did find the target after rounding Ederson – only for the effort to be ruled out for offside.

"Hopefully those two incidents will act as a wake-up call for City."

51'

That's a blast across the boughs for City and a reminder of Vardy's danger on the counter. We need to stick one of our chances away as soon as we can...

Open
49'

Phew...

Leicester have the ball in the net as Vardy rounds Ederson but the flag goes up - VAR checking because it is close... but it doesn't stand

45'

I'll make a second-half prediction - KDB comes on after 62 minutes and finds the net after 74, He likes scoring at the King Power.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, the Foxes go close with a lofted cross that hits the back part of the top crossbar.

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Neil Leigh at the King Power:

"No goals but no shortage of incident in that first 45 minutes.

"There has been no lack of endeavour and application from City but so far Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel has been in inspired form.

"The former City youngster produced another superb save just before the break to deny Gabriel Jesus for the second time in the first half.

"Plenty to admire about our play – it’s just that finishing touch which is lacking at the moment.

"Leicester though remain a potent threat both on the break and from set pieces. We need to stay on alert.

"!All still in the melting pot."

45'

Leicester playing as the away team here. Soaking up pressure, sitting back and defending in numbers, hoping to catch City on the counter - which is their prerogative, of course. 

39'

Neil Leigh at the King Power:

"No doubt that the Foxes have enjoyed their best spell in these last few minutes.

"Urged on by their loud home support Brendan Rodgers side have proved a handful with Rodrigo also going into the book, but City, to their credit, have managed to repel the hosts’ momentum.

"City still looking to attack at every opportunity but it’s a game where neither side can afford to drop their concentration for a moment."

31'

Still 0-0 and City edging it overall in terms of possession and chances - it's disappointing we've not gone ahead yet as we've had games like this before but plenty of time to put that right

Open
26'

Rodri booked

Very odd booking - Rodri played a pass and Tielemans challenges as he passes it and runs into Rodri's boot. Poor booking - what could he do about that exactly?

25'

From Neil Leigh at the King Power:

  

"It’s been a non-stop first 25 minutes with the game played at a breathless pace.

"City have looked so threatening in attack, not least Bernardo Silva who has been a real livewire presence.

"And it needed another superb save from Schmeichel to deny the Portuguese midfielder after his stinging low drive looked goal bound.

"Jack Grealish has also come close with a 20 yard half volley whistling wide from a well worked free kick and a deflected shot just arrowing over

"The Foxes look menacing too though when they venture forward with Jamie Vardy their striking focal point.

"As we expected a compelling encounter so far."

21'

Close!

Gundo plays a low free-kick to the edge of the box and Grealish fires it just over - well-worked routine and unlucky not to end with a goal

18'

Close!

Bernardo picks up a loose ball, drives forward and fires a shot in that Schmeichel claws around the post. Bernardo has started fantastically well...

16'

Nice chip from Cancelo tries to put Gundogan in on goal but just slightly overhit - that's what Cancelo brings, that element of the unexpected with his range of passing

9'

From Neil Leigh at the King Power:

 "The game then exploded into life with both keepers making vital interceptions inside the first 10 minutes.

"A superb point blank save by Kasper Schmeichel denied Gabriel Jesus’s header after stunning work by Bernardo Silva on the left wing.

"Then City counterpart Ederson bravely blocked Harvey Barnes’ goal bound effort after a superb initial tackle by Kyle Walker, hurting himself in the process.

"Frantic, entertaining start."

7'

Close!

Leicester's first attack sees Jamie Vardy cross in low and Harvey Barnes sees his sliding effort saved by Ederson who takes a boot in the face for his troubles. He's being treated for a cut to the mouth but hopefully he'll be OK

6'

Brilliant play by Bernardo down the left, beating two players and crossing in and Gabriel Jesus looked certain to score - but Kasper Schmeichel saves well and from the ensuing scramble the Foxes just about survive

14:51

Ten minutes to kick-off - City will want quick revenge over the Foxes for the last-minute FA Community Shield loss at Wembley last month. We had a number of players out for that game, while the Foxes were pretty much at full strength. Just one of a number of tough games City have to start the 2021/22 campaign, but good to get them done and dusted early.

14:43

David James' reaction to the team news on Matchday Live:: "Big surprise. It’s a good thing, two 5-0 wins… normally managers would stick with a successful side but Pep has such a good squad - it appears the side have shown enough in training to go out and get a third go. 

14:38

What score you going for today? Can't see there being a load of goals, maybe just two or three at the most  - so I'll go for...wait. Maybe I'll keep it to myself

14:32

You might notice David James is on Matchday Live this afternoon - watch Ederson's reaction to seeing him play as an emergency striker for City. Hilarious.

14:30

More from our man at the King Power...

"Intermittent sunshine with just the slightest of breezes here at the King Power.

"Perfect conditions for the resumption of Premier League action.

"The stadium is slowly but surely filling up with a fair few City fans also in position away in our section tucked in the right corner.

"Just so good to have fans back at the grounds. 

"The City players are out on the pitch and look in relaxed but focused mood as they go about their pre-match routines.

"And there is a real sense of anticipation in the air given the quality of both sides.

"Can’t wait for kick-off."

Neil Leigh

14:27

It's unlikely City would go top with a win here at the King Power with five teams above us all on seven points and playing opposition they will expect to beat. 

14:07

From Club journalist Neil Leigh at the King Power...

"So it’s as you were once again for City then.

"Following the resounding nature of our last two Premier League results, Pep Guardiola once again starts with the side that chalked up successive 5-0 wins over Norwich and Arsenal.

"Brazilian duo Ederson and Gabriel Jesus are both in the starting line up after news earlier today that they had been cleared to play.

"It’s a powerful looking bench too with the welcome return of Phil Foden after his injury lay-off and Kevin De Bruyne also waiting in the wings should he be needed.

"With the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling also amongst the substitutes, it just goes to further amplify the quality and depth of City’s squad."

13:47

Bot teams go into today's game on six points with two win and one loss. Pep says he enjoys facing Brendan Rodgers as he's a manager he learns off...

13:31

We'll have regular stadium updates throughout this afternoon from our man in the East Midlands - Club journalist Neil Leigh. And here's the first of them...

"Overcast but warm and dry here at the King Power Stadium for our eagerly-awaited return to Premier League action.

"As Pep Guardiola alluded in his pre-match press conference, Leicester will present formidable opposition – all the more so on their home turf with a capacity crowd roaring the Foxes on.

"City though should go into the game full of confidence after successive 5-0 Etihad wins prior to the international break.

"And this morning’s news that Ederson and Gabriel Jesus are available for selection was also the perfect pre-match boost.

"It’s quiet here at the moment – but the noise levels will soon increase.

"All the ingredients are in place for what should be a superb match."

13:29

From now until kick-off at 3pm we'll bring you all the build up from The King Power Stadium with City are looking to make it three Premier League wins in a row following wins over Norwich and Arsenal

13:26

Good news about Ederson and Gabriel Jesus - both are now eligible to play after FIFA elected not to invoke the ban for not attending the recent South American World Cup qualifiers....

13:18

A very good afternoon! 👋

A very warm welcome back City fans! It's the eagerly awaited return of the Premier League after the September international break with City back in action and away to Leicester City this afternoon.

We'll bring you all the big match build up, team news and post match reaction as it happens so stay tuned and we'll guide through the afternoon.

10:05

The Premier League is back 💙

Welcome to our Matchday Centre ahead of Manchester City's Premier League trip to Leicester!

It's only been two weeks since our last match, but we're all so excited to see Pep Guardiola's men back in action once again now the international break is over 🎉 

We come into today's showdown with two successive 5-0 victories under our belt, but know we'll need to be firing on all cylinders once again to get the better of the Foxes 🦊 

Kick-off at the King Power Stadium is scheduled for 15:00pm (UK), but stay tuned between now and then for plenty of pre-match build-up, including previews from Pep Guardiola and some of the players!

Matchday Live - which is available on all digital platforms - will also get underway at 14:00 with David James and Nedum Onuoha this week's special guests.

City-centric build-up to a three o'clock kick-off on a Saturday? The stuff of dreams in my not so humble opinion!

Come on, City  💙 

Other games that day

  • Chelsea3
    Aston Villa0
    FT
  • Watford0
    Wolverhampton Wanderers2
    FT
  • Arsenal1
    Norwich City0
    FT
  • Southampton0
    West Ham United0
    FT
  • Manchester United4
    Newcastle United1
    FT
  • Brentford0
    Brighton and Hove Albion1
    FT
  • Crystal Palace3
    Tottenham Hotspur0
    FT
  • Leeds United0
    Liverpool0
    KO

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Manchester United 4 +8 10
2 Chelsea 4 +8 10
4 Brighton and Hove Albion 4 +2 9
5 Tottenham Hotspur 4 0 9
6 West Ham United 4 +5 8
7 Liverpool 3 +5 7
8 Everton 3 +4 7
9 Leicester City 4 -2 6
10 Brentford 4 +1 5
11 Crystal Palace 4 0 5
12 Aston Villa 4 -2 4
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 -1 3
14 Southampton 4 -2 3
15 Watford 4 -4 3
16 Arsenal 4 -8 3
17 Leeds United 3 -4 2
18 Burnley 3 -3 1
19 Newcastle United 4 -7 1
20 Norwich City 4 -10 0
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