Manchester City moved one step closer to defending the Premier League title after securing a hard-fought 1-0 win over Leicester City earlier this evening.
The hosts were dominant right from the start, enjoying heaps of possession. Sergio Aguero came closest to scoring the opener, but Kasper Schmeichel saved his goalbound effort. Leicester City did create a few chances of their own as well, especially when Vincent Kompany blocked Ricardo Pereira’s attempt in the ninth minute. The first-half ended goalless.
Manchester City piled on the pressure after the restart, dominating possession and creating a host of opportunities. Their lack of quality in finishing coupled with some diligent defending from Leicester kept the scores level. But, it was Kompany, who produced a majestic strike to score the opener in the 70th minute.
That was the only goal of the game as City somehow managed to secure their slender lead after a nervy set of last 20 minutes. Here is how Pep Guardiola’s men fared in this vital win.
Had very little to do all evening as Leicester City attackers barely managed to breach a strong Manchester City defence.
Kyle Walker 7
Operated in a deeper role, as usual, and offered useful defensive support to the centre-backs during the defensive stances. He was ineffective going forward.
Vincent Kompany 9
Made a crucial block early on to deny Pereira. The veteran defender also looked quite solid in dealing with Jamie Vardy, but it was his astonishing strike from 25 yards that could help him earn the status of a Premier League legend.
Aymeric Laporte 8
He was flawless with his passing that was crucial to Man City’s build-up from the back. Also produced a couple of stunning long balls in behind the defence while complementing his defensive partner well.
Oleksandr Zinchenko 8
Had a few nervy defensive moments in the first-half. But, the young Ukrainian grew into the game in the second half, providing extensive offensive support from the left-flank.
Phil Foden 6
Ineffective for most of the game, Foden struggled to conjure up any real opportunities for his team. Leroy Sane rightfully replaced him just before the hour-mark.
Ilkay Gundogan 8.5
The German international circulated possession with ease and his combination play with the likes of Aguero, Silva and Sterling was just flawless. Also made a few smart tackles and interceptions to prevent Leicester’s flow in midfield. A comprehensive display from Gundogan.
David Silva 7
An early booking restricted him from playing a more crucial role in the Man City press. The veteran midfielder wasn’t as influential as he would have liked.
Bernardo Silva 7.5
Was one of the most active players throughout the ninety minutes. But, the Portuguese found minimal reward for his attacking endeavours. Although a large portion of it can be attributed to some diligent defending form the Foxes.
Sergio Aguero 7.5
The Argentine was left frustrated as Leicester offered very little time and space on the ball. This restricted Aguero from dropping deep and creating opportunities for himself. Was perhaps unlucky to see his shot saved by Schmeichel. Did put in an excellent shift, however.
Raheem Sterling 7
He was incredibly wasteful in front of goal and should have done a lot better in converting his chances. He was, however, a menace for the opposition throughout the game.
Leroy Sane 6
Replaced the ineffective Foden in the 57th minute but had very little impact on the proceedings.
Gabriel Jesus N/A
Came on for the tiring Aguero with just three minutes remaining on the clock.
John Stones N/A
A late replacement for David Silva as Guardiola opted for more defensive bodies.