New Delhi: Manchester City were troubled by Leicester but managed to keep hold of themselves as the two teams drew 0-0 in a crucial Premier League encounter on Tuesday.
The draw saw Leicester go joint atop with Arsenal in the table as they trail Gunners by goal difference. City meanwhile climbed up to third despite not being in full force this term.
The Premier League in midway season hasn’t yet found a clear title contender with teams rallying around one another. Leicester played their normal direct approach and had the better chances as City went six games winless on away travels.
Both managers will feel happy with a point though as Leicester will be the happier team despite being held.
Here are five things we learned from the stalemate.
Mahrez and Vardy keep City on their toes: The Leicester duo have taken Premier League by storm and were influential against City too. Mahrez troubled City with his vision and his clever lay off for Albrighton was a peach of a ball but the latter’s shot missed the target. Vardy had City in tatters with his pace and was presented with some good opportunities in the end of first half. He missed some golden chances by shooting over the bar and one straight at Joe Hart.
Aguero needs time to get match fit: Aguero didn’t inspire City and wasn’t match fit as he got a chunk of the game. The Argentine failed to score after getting a good chance only to chip it over the cross bar. Apart from a penalty shout against him, Aguero failed to inspire.City need their man to get to form and fitness quickly in order to have title aspiration.
Leicester were the better side: Claudio Ranieri’s men were the better side on the pitch and had more chances then their rivals. With their directness and counter attacking game-plan, the Foxes troubled City all night and grew in the game confidently as time passed on. Chances not taken by the players resulted in the draw as Ranieri will feel he could have won the tie.
City miss Vincent Komany: Manchester City looked vulnerable at the back without Kompany. The centre back partnership of Otamendi and Mangala looked unsure at times and could hve done better when they allowed Robert Huth to make a run and head over the bar from a Leicester had a free-kick. City lacked leadership at the back and were lucky with Leicester failing to convert chances.
Sterling looked impressive: The England international had an intense battle with Kasper Schmeichel. Kevin de Bruyne’s shot was saved by the goalie after it the ball was squared by Sterling. Sterling saw two shots after that being parried away by Kasper who succeeded in fending off the former’s decent go with his strong left arm to tip it over the net.