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Manchester City vs Leicester City (2-5): Match Summary and Analysis

A demolishing loss for Guardiola’s men and an overwhelming performance by the Foxes

28/09/2020

How did both teams set up?

E. Santana de Moraes started in goal for Manchester City. The back four consisted of K. Walker and B. Mendy at full-backs with B. Mendy and N. Aké partnering in the center. F. Rosa and R. Hernández Cascante were the two protecting midfielders with K. De Bruyne deployed in an advanced no.10 role. R. Mahrez and P. Foden provided the width while R. Sterling started up-front in a fluid Manchester City attack.

Leicester City started with a back five with J. Justin and T. Castagne as the wing-backs. C. Söyüncü, J. Evans, and D. Amartey were the three center backs. The midfield four had N. Mendy and Y. Tielemans as the sitting midfielders while H. Barnes and D. Praet played wide. Talisman J. Vardy started upfront in a 5-4-1. (fixture details: Manchester City vs Leicester City (27/09/2020) )

Manchester City’s horrible defending

Once again, Manchester City lost a match because of their inability to deal with pace. City scored 4’ minute through Riyad Mahrez but saw the lead canceled by a Jamie Vardy penalty. Vardy then scored two in the second half with Maddison and Tielemans, adding another two. Manchester City’s defensive pairing of young Eric Garcia and Nathan Ake was expected to have enough legs to deal with Leicester’s counter-attacks. However, it was an absolute collapse from the home side.

City enjoyed so much of the ball as they recorded 71% of possession but could not open up a well-drilled Leicester defense. They took a total of 16 shots, but a lot of them were hopeful attempts from a long way out. As the stats prove, out of those 16 shots, 10 were taken from outside the box.

On the whole, J. Guardiola i Sala has got to sign a defender before the window closes. If not, then City might lose more games like they did last night. 

Leicester City keep getting better

Despite finishing 5th last season, it was an excellent season for the Foxes. Under B. Rodgers, the Foxes have kept improving in all departments. With three wins in a row, Leicester City lead the table with maximum points.

In yesterday’s game, Brendan Rodgers got his game plan spot on. Once again, he utilized Jamie Vardy’s electric pace to perfection. O. Ndidi’s absence was said to be critical against an attacking team like City. However, Namplays Mendy and Youri Tielemans did an exceptional job of protecting the backline. Dennis Praet’s movement was eye-catching as the Belgian made some quality runs, creating space for the onrushing Timothy Castagne.

Harvey Barnes was a constant threat down the left side. The youngster played the crucial pass, which led to the first penalty. Jamie Vardy scored his ninth goal in nine matches against Manchester City.

The Foxes were ruthless in taking their chances. They took 7 shots, and all of them were on target. Amazingly, 5 out of those 7 resulted in a goal that shows the required ruthlessness needed in the Premier League and especially against the bigger sides.

Overall, exciting times for the Foxes as they go again to break into the Champions League spots this season.