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Player Ratings: Man City 2-1 Leicester City

 • by Adam Digby
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With a Saturday lunchtime kickoff, Leicester City made their way north to take on Manchester City, both clubs undoubtedly disappointed to see Chelsea become Premier League champions just a few hours earlier.

The home side had won just two of their previous seven meetings with the Foxes, but both teams arrived at the Etihad looking to continue recent winning runs. Pep Guardiola’s men had gone five games unbeaten, while the visitors had notched wins over West Brom and Watford in their last two outings.

Here are out player ratings:

Manchester City

Willy Caballero

Stood no chance of stopping the Leicester goal but, apart from joining in a few passing moves from the back, was otherwise not really called upon to do much of anything. 6

Fernandinho

Was very competitive in defence, bringing a much-needed tenacity to the City backline while also contributing well to the attack with his passing and running off the ball. Lucky to escape punishment for smashing Albrighton in the face with his forearm. 7

Vincent Kompany 

As usual, the team looked much better with their captain in the side and showed that his passing has become an important weapon. The Belgian completed 90.5% of his attempts while nullifying the threat of Jamie Vardy throughout the game. 7

Nicolas Otamendi

A weak spot in the team today, he was left trailing in Vardy’s wake at least twice while his unfortunate slip gave Okazaki a unobstructed chance on goal. 5.5

Gaël Clichy

Worked well in space and made five interceptions, but once again his lack of defensive diligence caused problems for City, Mahrez beating him all too often and eventually the Frenchman handed him a penalty. 5

Yaya Touré

Celebrating his 34th birthday – hopefully they remembered to get him a cake this time – he registered four tackles, three interceptions and five clearances in a vital holding role to protect the defence. 7

Yaya Toure, Man City

Raheem Sterling

Took three shots but only got one on target and made just one take-on attempt in his 77 minutes of action, it was no surprise to see him taken off as he completed just 16 passes. 5

Kevin De Bruyne

An excellent first half, the Belgian was everywhere and made some incisive passing but faded after the break and gave the ball away far too cheaply. 6

David Silva

Despite the fact that Leicester’s game plan was predicated on denying him the space in which he thrives, the Spaniard remained hugely influential, playing five key passes as well as scoring the opening goal. 8

Leroy Sané

Created the first goal for Silva before tricking Benalouane into fouling him for the penalty. The 21-year-old created two other good chances while working hard defensively to win two tackles and one interception. 8

Gabriel Jesus

Slotted his penalty home to mark his fifth goal in six starts and was his usual energetic self as he ran relentlessly to provide an outlet for his team-mates. Another good performance. 7

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Leicester City

Kasper Schmeichel

Faultless on either goal and was otherwise commanding as usual, the Dane was neat in possession and did everything else very well. Didn’t deserve to be on the losing side. 6

Danny Simpson

Repeatedly lost his man and was caught out of position on a number of occasions, he completed just 14 passes and committed a number of poorly timed challenges. 5

Yohan Benalouane

Made three tackles, two interceptions and three clearances, while also making two vital blocks on goal-bound shots. However, clumsily gave away the penalty and connected with just 63.6% of his pass attempts. 5

Christian Fuchs

Fielded out of position in central defence as Leicester struggled to cover for their injured players and did well. Made four interceptions but was wasteful in possession. 6

Ben Chilwell

Won his head-to-head battle with Sterling with a superb performance that included four tackles, six interceptions and two clearances, while also successful with his three take-on attempts. 7

Riyad Mahrez

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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A very quiet game from the Algerian international as he failed to create a single chance and then slipped at the crucial moment to waste the penalty his side had won. 6

Wilfred Ndidi

Worked tirelessly to help protect the makeshift backline, making a series of crucial interceptions and was one of the major reasons his side did not lose by a wider margin. 6.5

Andy King

Made a huge early tackle on Gabriel Jesus but then vanished almost completely, making just 16 successful passes and offering very little to the Foxes as the game got away from them. 5

Marc Albrighton

Laid on the Okazaki goal but blew a great chance to equalise among his three on target shots. Made a number of good crosses and clearly remains full of confidence. 6.5

Shinji Okazaki

Took his goal very well and looked dangerous throughout, forcing City to repeatedly foul him rather than deal with his trickery. Also made two tackles and completed 80% of his passes. 7.5

Jamie Vardy

Ran and ran but was ultimately wasteful in front of goal, missing the target with his two shots and remarkable connecting with just five passes in 90+ minutes of action. 5

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