When a team, game after game continues to bask in the glory of performance, the Premier League most certainly transcends into a league of dreams for them. The dream to stand tall amid all adversity and come our rightful victors.
Ask Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and they will whole-heartedly agree.
With three consecutive victories for The Sky Blues after the crucial 1-0 triumph over hosts Leicester City at the King Power stadium, Guardiola and his men are replicating the three Ps this season rather effortlessly that made them champions last time around.
Performance. Persistence. Poise.
Performance is what we witnessed in the game against Arsenal and Norwich with a 5-0 rout of both and persistence and poise is what we saw at the King Power where Leicester made life rather difficult for Manchester City albeit through persistence and Bernardo Silva’s poise the visitors managed to inflict a shot of misery on The Foxes in the second half.
Courtesy this win, Manchester City have now wrecked 11 goals on their opposition in the last three league games and conceded none after their opening debacle against Tottenham Hotspur.
So, without further ado lets dissect this high-paced game that saw Manchester City come out victors by the narrowest of margins:
Leicester Stand Tall Amid Relentless City Attacks in the First 45
There are few teams in the league that move the ball forward faster and with much fortitude like Manchester City and that’s exactly what we witnessed as only in the 6th minute the visitors had their first shot on target through a Gabriel Jesus header that was kept out by Kasper Schmeichel with Bernardo Silva and Gundagon being denied on the rebound.
A minute later Leicester City had their first shot on goal through a brilliant Jamie Vardy counter attack as he passed the ball to Harvey Barnes whose effort was kept out by Ederson with James Maddison picking up the pieces to present the ball to Ndidi whose effort was thwarted by Kyle Walker.
This was surely the most action packed 7 minutes that I had witnessed since the inception of this season.
The Sky Blues had their second chance on target in the 19th minute with Bernardo Silva’s effort being ably thwarted by Schmeichel. A minute later, Jack Grealish had a strike on goal that just went inches above the crossbar.
Just before the end of the first half, City created another shot on target with Jesus again being denied by the Danish delight in the Leicester goal.
The visitors were relentless in their attacks and the hosts put up a brave defensive display to keep them at bay.
Bernardo Silva Ends His Goal Scoring Drought With a Super Strike for the Sky Blues
A minute into the second 45 and Leicester’s Harvey Barnes had a second strike on goal that couldn’t result in a hurrah for the hosts.
Moments later Jamie Vardy all but put the hosts in front through a brilliant press forward beating the keeper and a defender only to see the flag of misfortune go up as he was adjudged offside. The Foxes were certainly showing more purpose in the second half.
Alas, to their misfortune Manchester City after consistently putting pressure on the Leicester goal finally had their moment of magic in the 62nd minute when Bernardo Silva hit a rebound off Soyuncu in the back of the Leicester net as the Turkish defender did well to block the initial attempt from Cancelo.
The Portuguese through this strike had finally put to rest his 19-game goal scoring drought!
The hosts all but tried relentlessly for the equaliser with substitute Lookman coming closest to draw level albeit the visitors defence did well to keep them at bay as the referee called time.
Pep and his team had conquered Leicester away yet gain after reigning supreme on the last two occasions too.
Manchester City’s Determination Is a Delight
When you have the determination to succeed, failing can never be an option!
This is exactly what City have demonstrated in abundance with the word determination defining their style of play in the last three games.
In truth, the loss to Tottenham in the opening fixture made The Sky Blues realise early that complacency cannot creep into their game if they are to retain the title this season.
And boy have they wished complacency good bye since, reminding us of the champion team they are by annihilating Arsenal and Norwich with five fantastic strikes on each.
Kudos to The Sky Blues, the sky is your limit, the pitch your playground and determination to succeed at all costs your mantra!
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