Manchester City came from behind to beat an in-form Leicester City side and pick up three vital points. The Foxes took the lead with an inevitable Jamie Vardy goal, but City rallied to score three and comfortably beat one of the best teams in the country.
Here are five things we learned from the game…
Just can’t seem to get enough of Mahrez
Whilst De Bruyne will once again, and deservedly so, receive all the plaudits following another terrific performance, he wasn’t the only player who performed to such high standards. Riyad Mahrez was another stand-out performer who has, since his arrival, been a rather divisive figure amongst fans and a regular source of frustration. But in recent months, the Algerian has been in great form and showed just what quality he can bring to the side.
Rumoured Manchester City target Ben Chilwell is often regarded as the best left-back in the Premier League, however, Mahrez’s astounding technical ability proved too much for the England international to deal with at times. The winger has been closer to his top form this season, and when he’s playing like this, he’s simply a joy to watch.
Gundogan should be City’s first-choice penalty taker
The question of who should take City’s penalties has been a subject of debate amongst fans since Yaya Toure left the club. With the likes of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus causing severe apprehension amongst City fans stepping up to take a penalty. However, there is a simple solution – Ilkay Gundogan. The German international is generally a rather confident and composed player when on the pitch, and coupling this with his intelligence and striking ability, there is a solid argument for Gundogan to be City’s first-choice to convert from the spot.
All I want for Christmas is a new centre-back
Another game has gone by where City have failed to keep a clean sheet, and it is evident that the reason for the Blues recent poor defensive record is the centre-back positions. John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi are rarely convincing, whilst Fernandinho is not a natural centre-back. This coupled with Aymeric Laporte’s unfortunate absence, and City’s failure to sign a replacement for Vincent Kompany, means that City’s defence has suffered.
City’s fragile back line this is a far cry from last season’s partnership of Kompany and Laporte, thus in the interest of City conceding less and winning more games, it is imperative that the Blues sign a top-class centre-back, and the sooner the better.
Mendy is getting there
With Benjamin Mendy’s injury worries hopefully behind him, these recent weeks have shown some impressive form from the full-back; and his link-up play with Jesus and Sterling against Leicester was excellent. Each week, the Frenchman is looking more and more like the player we purchased from Monaco and his attacking contributions have been crucial.
Whilst Mendy is often regarded as just an attacking full-back, his defensive work against Leicester was commendable, and for possibly the first time this season, the left-back position was not an obvious weak-link in the City defence. Hopefully, Mendy will steer clear of injuries that have plagued him in the past and he will continue to impress in the busy winter schedule.
Bernardo is the heir to David’s throne
Whilst we’ve been aware for a while that Bernardo Silva should be playing in a central role, the Portuguese’s impressive performance against Leicester provided us all with evidence that he simply belongs there permanently. The midfielder possesses technical ability in abundance, whilst his endless energy allows him to press effectively, something that his namesake David is now not as adept at doing. In future, I hope to see Bernardo positioned centrally more often than not, and when the times comes for David Silva to leave the club, Bernardo will be there to permanently take his place in the City midfield.
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