Sergio Aguero The Star As Man City Sweep Past Leicester City

Manchester City FC news Pep Guardiola says Kevin De Bruyne good enough to win the Ballon d'Or

Mahrez, who was voted Professional Footballers' Association player of the year in 2016 when Leicester won the league, has scored eight goals this season and has seven assists.

Paper Round's view: Mahrez knew his current club were in negotiations with Manchester City, and put in a transfer request to speed up a deal.

Typically the Foxes managed to grab an unlikely equaliser, very much against the run of play, and it came from their remarkable marksman Jamie Vardy.

The Leicester manager confirmed Sportsmail's story that Mahrez will miss Saturday's match at Manchester City but declined to bring clarity on a number of details.

Even with the five-man back line, not one of Leicester's three centre backs was able to adjust their body position enough to step back and intercept De Bruyne's cross as it flashed behind them with just a couple of minutes of the game gone.

It did not take the home side long to establish an advantage, Sterling tapping in from close range following an exquisite De Bruyne cross between Schmeichel and his defenders.

Aguero again was the beneficiary of Kevin De Bruyne's mastery, this time finding the striker with a neat through ball, before Aguero cannoned his shot past Schmeichel and into the net.

Man City have a 13-point lead at the top of the table, so they can be forgiven to take the foot off the gas tomorrow.

De Bruyne set up Aguero for numbers two and three, before a howler from Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel gifted him the 12th Premier League hat-trick of his career.

After controlling the first 20 minutes, City were suddenly rocked as the visitors hit back out of nowhere. De Bruyne's stunning pass took the entire Leicester defence out of the game.

The Argentina worldwide has now scored 13 goals in 10 matches since the turn of the year, when City's other main goal-getter Gabriel Jesus was ruled out with injury.

Pep Guardiola has insisted Manchester City are not to blame for Riyad Mahrez's absence from Leicester City training. Palace have lost only two of their previous 15 top-flight games and Hodgson will be hoping to compound matters for his England successor. The mini-break Guardiola sent his players on before this fixture seemed to have worked wonders, as the entire team looked refreshed, especially in the latter stages when they've been tiring recently.

Having Mahrez available for the clash against City would be a boost, but Leicester boss Claude Puel faces a tough decision over whether to play the star or not.



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