5 Things We Learned From Manchester City 1 - 3 Leicester City


 

Leicester’s Defence Could Win Them The Title

Yes, Riyad Mahrez is the Algerian Messi and Jamie Vardy is the English Luis Suarez. Leicester are immense going forward and in Danny Drinkwater they have a wonderful footballer who can pretty much do anything.

However, it’s time to lavish a bit of praise on their defence. Man City were rubbish without the ball but they were alright when they had it, they simply just couldn’t break down a resolute Foxes back four. Christ, even Danny Simpson looks worthy of winning the title!

Wes Morgan has taken his chance in the top-flight amazingly well and as a leader optimises everything that Leicester are about, while Robert Huth bagged a brace and was a monster at the back. It’s not all about the boys up top, give some love to the brutes with brains at the back.

 

Man City’s Defence Could Cost Them The Title

Manchester City should be running away with this title. Their defence earns more in a week than the transfer fee that Leicester splashed out on Riyad Mahrez, yet they still cannot be trusted to keep a clean sheet without Vincent Kompany.

The first goal saw Robert Huth allowed to poke home from around eight yards out as the Sky Blues’ defence just parted with ease. No man showed a desire to stop the cross and no one got across the German quick enough.

It wasn’t just that, it was more to do with the fact that the visitors were able to get in behind with alarming regularity early on. Balls over the top, into the channels and through the middle all caused problems.  Nicolas Otamendi’s desire to go to ground is terrifying at times and the way Mahrez was allowed in for the second was poor. This multi-million pound rear-guard could lose them the league.

 

Leicester Love Getting On It Early

For Claudio Ranieri’s men it is all about setting the tone early and that was the case again here. They scored so early on that it put the home side on the back foot and pretty much stunned a whole club inside three minutes.

They have score the opener in 16 games this term, no side has done so more, and you cannot under estimate the impact that has had on what has been and continues to be an absolute incredible season.

Setting that tone early on keeps their confidence high and with their excellent defensive unit and blistering pace they can frustrate the best of them but still be lethal on the attack. Just how do you stop them.

 

Exposing Yaya Toure Leaves Man City Fragile

Leicester City are the sort of team that Yaya has nightmares about playing against. They are pacey and they get the ball from front to back quickly.

That style makes the Ivorian a pointless entity. He just seems unable to alter his game to stop the opposition and even if Guardiola was not imminent it would be wise for him to move on this summer.

The lack of dynamism in the centre of the park was such a contrast to Drinkwater and Kante and he Toure was rightly dragged off after six minutes of the second period. Toure is a passenger at times, and despite his immense talent, sacrificing him in big games now looks necessary.

 

Danny Drinkwater Has to Go To The Euros

The former Manchester United midfielder has been a revelation this season. For many he had been the lesser of the United academy graduates at Leicester, with Matty James getting more plaudits. Injury to the latter has seen him miss most of the season and Drinkwater has formed an immense partnership with Kante.

Drinkwater has everything. He can sit deep and loves a tackle but he has so much more to his game than hard work and determination. His ability to pick a pass is sublime, as he showed with an Iniesta-like pass to Jamie Vardy in the second period.

Despite being 3-0 up it is he and Kante who force the team to keep going forward and refuse to allow themselves to get camped in their own 18-yard box, which so many expected to be the case here. Roy Hodgson HAS to give him his chance for the Three Lions.