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Man City 2-1 Leicester City: 5 Things We Learned

 • by Andrew Gibney
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Manchester City moved up to third place in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 win over Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium.

After a cagey start and a missed headed chance on either side, David Silva’s slightly controversial goal gave the home side the lead just before the half hour mark.

Gabriel Jesus converted a penalty after Leroy Sané was brought down by Yohan Benalouane, but Shinji Okazaki’s great volleyed finish gave the Foxes hope before half-time.

Riyad Mahrez had a penalty of his own disallowed for a double touch and although Leicester pressed until the final minutes, they couldn’t find the equaliser.

Here are five things we learned from City’s win.

LUCK SHINING ON CITY

Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City scores a penalty which is later disallowed during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City

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Sometimes when it’s your day, it’s just your day.

City picked up all three points but it could have been very different.

There was a hint of offside for the opening goal, Fernandinho could have easily been handed a red card for a elbow on Marc Albrighton and then there was Mahrez’s penalty.

The Algerian slipped during his attempt to strike the ball and managed to make contact twice. Referee Robert Madley spotted it and ruled out the equalising goal.

Three separate incidents, each having a huge bearing on the game and all falling in favour of Man City.

POSSESSION IS OVERRATED

Tiki-taka football doesn’t always work in England and Leicester showed why possession is overrated at times.

At half-time of Saturday’s game, despite being 2-1 down, Leicester, with only 27.8 per cent possession, managed three shots on target. The same amount managed by Pep Guardiola’s team.

Although they won, there is a school of thought that to play at their best, Man City need to invite the opposition come out of their shell, let them have the ball and then strike on the counter.

Players like Kevin De Bruyne, Sterling and Sané are magical players when they have space to attack. Pushing teams deep and taking full territorial control, doesn’t always play to their strengths.

GABRIEL JESUS IS JUST WARMING UP

Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City celebrates scoring his sides second goal the Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City

It is going to be very exciting to see what Man City’s young Brazilian striker achieves next season.

In just eight Premier League fixtures, Gabriel Jesus has scored five times and picked up two assists. That means he has been involved in a goal every 67.2 minutes, that comes very close to the Kylian Mbappé territory.

It was a tough game for the youngster, with the Foxes defenders nipping at his ankles, but he dealt with it very well.

With more experience in the squad, more work with Guardiola, perhaps the young Frenchman and City’s prodigy can fight it out for Ballon d’Or honours over the next 10 years. Or he could be another Kelechi Iheanacho…

ALBRIGHTON IN THE WARS

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Leicester City’s wide man had quite an eventful afternoon in Manchester.

Apart from picking up a nasty looking black eye, Albrighton was one of the visitors best players.

He led the Foxes in shots, shots on target and key passes and picked up an assist with a delightful cross that was met perfectly by Okazaki.

Behind all the success of N’Golo Kante last season and Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, the former Aston Villa midfielder has been one of their most consistent player and never quite gets the praise he deserves.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE IN MAN CITY’S HANDS

After hanging on for the 2-1 victory, Manchester City now have control of their own fate.

With two games left, against West Brom at home and Watford away, they know that if they match the results of Arsenal and Liverpool they will guarantee themselves third place.

Mathematically, Watford can still go down, but the odds are in their favour.

Although it has not been the glorious campaign Guardiola would have hoped for, another year in the Champions League – just ask Arsenal fans – can be put down as a huge success.

Something to help build on for next year.

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