The ‘Boxing Day’ does not disappoint. Manchester City and Leicester signed a match that is already part of the history of ‘Box Day’. The ‘cityzens’ signed an exquisite first half: at 25′ they were already winning 4-0. However, the ‘Foxes’ brought out after the break that irreverent spirit that led them to win the Premier 2015-16 and in 10 minutes, from 55 ‘to 65’, they put it 4-3 on the scoreboard. He chewed the comeback … but Aymeric Laporte (69 ‘) and Raheem Sterling (87’) cleared up the doubts by signing the final 6-3.
City showed up without Rodri, Walker, Stones, Ferran, Mendy or Delap … but they completed a memorable start to the game. For 45 minutes they were an unstoppable ‘cyclone’ for a Leicester that, faced with the losses of Evans, Fofana, Pereira and Soyuncu, drew an improvised defense with Amartey as central and Albrighton as right back.
At 5 ‘Pep Guardiola’s pupils were already winning 1-0. De Bruyne received a pass from Fernandinho and was visited by Lukaku to, with his back to the goalkeeper, turn and beat Schmeichel with his less good leg: his left foot. ‘Tintin’, which served as ‘false 9’, is on the rise: he has chained three league games scoring.
The 2-0 came from a penalty, at 14 ‘. Tielemans unnecessarily dropped Laporte off a corner. Chris Kavanagh didn’t point it out … but the VAR forced him to rectify. Riyad Mahrez did not forgive from 11 meters and the ‘clav’ in the squad. He’s good at playing his exes, scoring three goals for them in his last three visits to the Etihad. He will be missed when he goes to the African Cup: the Algerian is City’s top scorer with 12 goals.
Ilkay Gndogan made it 3-0 at 21 ‘. Kasper Schmeichel failed to deflect a center from Cancelo and the former Borussia Dortmund clinched at will. His 2021 is for framing. Only Salah (24) and Kane (17) have scored more goals than Gndogan (15) in Premier this year.
Leicester were totally overwhelmed and, as a result of that impotence, they reached 4-0 at 25 ‘. The origin was a new penalty from Tielemans. This time about Sterling. Sterling himself was in charge of marking from 11 meters. The ex of the Liverpool chains four parties of League marking. He hadn’t done it since September 2017.
Everything changed, surprisingly, after the break. The 4-1, in 55 ‘, gave wings to Leicester. The play was born in a Maddison pass after a slip by Laporte. The ’10’ of the ‘Foxes’ yielded to Iheanacho, who again enabled Maddison to score at will.
A new against, in 64 ‘, originated the 4-2 with almost the same protagonists. Rob Maddison, leaked Iheanacho and, this time, it was Lookman who outplayed Ederson in heads up.
Nervousness took hold of the Etihad with the score 4-3 in the 65th minute. Maddison forced Ederson to show off with a popcorn and Iheanacho, a former City player, beat Laporte to score at will.
Laporte himself was in charge of aborting any hint of a comeback, scoring 5-3 in the 69th minute. Strategy, again, crucified Leicester. Mahrez served from the corner and the Spanish international went ahead of Iheanacho to score with a good header.
The 6-3 was ‘traced’. It also came from the right skull. Mahrez ‘put it to music’, prolonged Rben Dias and Sterling riveted at will. In the end, one more victory, the ninth in a row, which consolidates City in the leadership of the Premier League.
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Pure ‘Boxing’: City falls in love, almost burns out … and ends up beating Leicester