(Manchester City – Leicester 6-3) Once again, Manchester City emerged victorious from the field in the Premier League. But after leading big, it became a roller coaster for the home team.
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– It’s disappointing. We just had to control the match. It was supposed to be “simple” football. With a 4-0 lead, you have to kill the match. Leicester have some really good players. They did not become discouraged and continued. Kudos to them, Raheem Sterling said after the match.
For after party football by Manchester City in the first half, Leicester kept up immediately in the second half. We take it in turn:
After only five minutes, the home team found their way to the net – it was the start of 20 minutes of great football.
And it was Kevin De Bruyne who opened the ball on Boxing day. On a nice pass from Fernandinho, the Belgian took the ball down, looked around, took a round around his own axis and knocked it the farthest behind Kasper Schmeichel. 1–0.
Nine minutes later, VAR Leicester’s Youri Tielemans had to tear down Aymeric Laporte in the penalty area on a corner. The referee did not blow the whistle, but after a look at the screen, he blew a penalty. It put Riyad Mahrez hard in the top right corner.
Seven minutes later it was İlkay Gündoğan’s turn. 3–0. Then it was another penalty and Raheem Sterling kept up with a blueprint from the previous one. Thus, it was 4-0 at the break.
– That was wierd. Even though we had 4-0 in the first half, they were dangerous every time they came into our half. They have a lot of quality and are real counter-champions, says City boss Pep Guardiola to the BBC.
Then they probably felt that the victory was already more than in a box on Boxing day. That time no.
For where City spent 20 minutes in the first half on four, the away team spent ten minutes on three.
First it was James Maddison, then it was Ademola Lookman, before Kelechi Iheanacho made the match again with the 4-3 goal.
– The manager warned us during the break. Leicester conceded four in the first half, but each time they attacked, they created chances, Sterling said after the game.
And where the dominance was great in the first half, the collapse was the same for City in the second.
But with a heroic Leicester too close in the rearview mirror to change lanes, the home team geared up once again.
At the corner, Laporte put in 5-3, before the ball ended up with Sterling on a new corner just after. The latter put in 6-3 and secured three new points for the league leader.
Thus, City leads the league with six points, with one game more played than Liverpool in second place.