In another scenario, the visit of the leader of a tournament to the third of the table would have represented a risk shock and one of the highest rods for the consolidation of the leader. But Manchester City made such a difference in the Premier League that the match at Leicester’s King Power Stadium did not present the logical condiments.
Fifteen points separated Pep Guardiola’s team from Brendan Rodgers in the run-up, and that enormous distance was extended to 18 with the comfortable 2-0 that enlarges an impressive dominance by City.
It was the first match after the official announcement of Sergio Agüero’s departure in June. And Kun played from the start, a good sign considering that the English will face Borussia Dortmund in Germany on Wednesday for the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals, the great goal of the season since the consecration in the Premier it seems not to be in danger.
The Argentine did not have goal situations, who ran a lot and searched for it before the numerous brand of the locals. And just after the game opened and he could have had more spaces to exploit his game, the former Independiente left the court in the 17th minute of the second half for the entry of Sterling.
The game was all of Guardiola’s team. In the first half, when he played better, he couldn’t put it on the scoreboard. He had two clear chances: a goal disallowed by Fernandinho due to an advanced position by Agüero and a free kick by Kevin De Bruyne that hit the crossbar.
Leicester abandoned their passive stance a bit in the complement. And as the game became more even it was also more friction.
At that moment, at 13 of the second half, when the City and the party were looking for a clear owner least deserved it, the leader took the lead. He copied the rival area with his usual arrivals, Mahrez tried first and covered Kasper Schmeichel, but the goalkeeper could do nothing when the rebound led to Ferland Mendy, who very calmly hooked to his right and placed it against the post.
Although the game had more than half an hour of play left, the process was settled. Leicester had no basis to disturb the City while the leader had already achieved the most difficult thing, to unlock the scoreboard, and would have auspicious terrain to increase the account.
Those meters that Agüero never had, were enjoyed by the Brazilian Gabriel Jesus in the 2-0 play. It was an exquisite filtered pass from De Bruyne to break through the local defensive line and put the forward running, who set up a wall with Sterling and celebrated a great goal.
It could have been thrashed if they were finer in the final stitch. But the comfortable victory served to demonstrate once again the difference that Guardiola’s team made with the rest of his rivals in the local field, even with one of the animators who dreamed of cutting him back.
The decisive stage is coming for City. Seven dates from the end of a Premier League in which he caresses glory, it will be time to manage energy as direct duels in the Champions League and also the FA Cup semi-finals against Chelsea appear.
Chelsea lost their unbeaten first-inning in the Thomas Tuchel era when they fell 5-2 at home to West Bromwich Albion and then Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United beat Sheffield United 2-1. Later, from 4:00 p.m., Arsenal and Liverpool will collide.
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