“We performed properly as a result of we did probably the most tough factor in soccer – we simply performed easy,” mentioned Pep Guardiola. “That’s the most tough factor and we did it.”
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Leicester Metropolis arrived on the Etihad Stadium as the brand new challengers on the block, the aspect that will rip Manchester Metropolis aside on the counter and underline their standing as the primary rivals to runaway leaders Liverpool.
However the Foxes left with their tails very a lot between their legs having been dealt a sobering actuality verify by the champions, who went again to fundamentals to supply a well timed reminder that they continue to be a Premier League power to be reckoned with.
Metropolis set about combating the Leicester risk the one means they understand how, bombarding the Foxes’ purpose and hanging the woodwork by means of Kevin de Bruyne, however with half an hour on the clock, the pre-match prophecy that they had fought so exhausting in opposition to was coming to fruition.
Jamie Vardy, the chief scourge of Premier League defences this season, spared the champions no mercy. He gave Nicolas Otamendi the run round earlier than he turned his consideration to Fernandinho and left the Brazilian trailing in his wake as he marched into the Metropolis space and continued his sizzling streak in entrance of purpose with arguably the choose of his 16 Premier League strikes this season.
Having come by means of the early Metropolis onslaught with a lead, Leicester had been meant to stride on and underline their credentials because the chief challengers, however that concept was snuffed out emphatically earlier than it even had the possibility to take root.
Inside six minutes Riyad Mahrez had haunted his former membership as his strike deflected in off Caglar Soyuncu to attract the champions degree. It was unlucky on Leicester however Manchester Metropolis had been greater than deserving of a bit little bit of luck going their means after such an imperious begin.
And the Foxes’ hopes of in search of refuge in the course of the interval we extinguished when Ilkay Gundogan punished Ricardo Pereira’s uncharacteristically rash problem on Raheem Sterling to finish the turnaround from the penalty spot.
Gabriel Jesus secured the victory with Metropolis’s third 20 minutes from time and supervisor Pep Guardiola would describe the efficiency as probably the most pleasing he is presided over this season.
12 – Gabriel Jesus has netted his first purpose in 12 dwelling video games for Manchester Metropolis in all competitions, since scoring in opposition to Schalke in March. Every of his final 14 targets for the membership earlier than as we speak had been scored away from the Etihad. Redeemer. pic.twitter.com/o3gUePSQxu
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“After we can management [the ball], we will we play how we did as we speak,” he mentioned. “We had been extremely aggressive with out the ball and the way we pressed as properly.
“However we performed properly as a result of we did probably the most tough factor in soccer – we simply performed easy. That’s the most tough factor and we did it.
“We had one or two touches, handed the ball and after that the remainder got here alongside after which the standard of the gamers we had [came to the fore].
“I am actually happy, I am a spectator just like the followers and wish to see my crew play in that means, and that was so good.”
Reflective Rodgers attracts on positives
Leicester had been unbeaten of their earlier 11 video games in all competitions however ended up conceding greater than three targets in a Premier League sport for the primary time in 28 matches, and it might have been worse had it not been for some impressed moments from Schmeichel.
For Brendan Rodgers, the chastening defeat confirmed precisely the place his group of gamers are at this second in time when it comes to sustaining a title problem – not fairly there but.
“Towards that degree of opponent, it was a very good lesson for us,” the Foxes boss mentioned.
“The very fact we’re nonetheless forward of Metropolis exhibits how properly we have achieved [this season], however there’s plenty of studying for us.
“There are not any complaints concerning the end result from me. Within the first half we weren’t good in any respect. We had been a bit extra like ourselves within the second half, but it surely confirmed there is a lengthy solution to go for this group of younger gamers.
“However the gamers have been sensible. For those who requested me in August once we began, would you’re taking second within the league and the semi-final of the primary cup competitors, we’d have taken it. And but we have nonetheless bought a lot to enhance on.”