Manchester City continued their incredible run of form with a comfortable 3-1 win over struggling Leicester City, making it 10 wins in a row across all competitions. The victory further solidifies their position near the top of the Premier League table and closes the gap with Arsenal to just four points.
The match started poorly for Leicester City, conceding a goal within the first five minutes as John Stones fired home from the edge of the box. The Foxes’ woes were compounded when Wilfred Ndidi was penalized for a handball in the box, and Erling Haaland converted the resulting penalty to make it 2-0.
City’s dominance continued as Haaland scored his 32nd Premier League goal of the season, equalling Mohamed Salah’s record in a 38-game season. With a three-goal advantage, Pep Guardiola’s men maintained control, enjoying 75% possession and complete domination over Dean Smith’s struggling Leicester side.
Guardiola made several substitutions in the second half, perhaps with an eye on their upcoming Champions League clash against Bayern Munich. Despite the changes, Manchester City continued to dominate, and Leicester’s late goal from ex-City striker Kelechi Iheanacho proved to be nothing more than a consolation. The Nigerian came close to scoring a second, but his effort struck the post.
The win leaves Manchester City just three points behind Arsenal, who face West Ham United on Sunday. Leicester City, on the other hand, remain in 19th place, two points from safety, and with only seven games remaining to avoid relegation.
Man of the Match: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
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