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Guardiola picks out ‘incredible’ De Bruyne as City beat Leicester 3-1

Manchester City kept their faint hopes of a third successive title alive with a dominant victory over Leicester.

The reigning Premier League champions came into the game 14 points behind leaders Liverpool and four behind today’s opponents who had emerged as surprise title challengers.

Jamie Vardy opened the scoring for the visitors, though his well-taken effort came firmly against the run of play, with Man City bossing the fixture at the Etihad.

However, the hosts would turn it around in what was a totally dominant performance, former Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez drawing the sides level, before an Ilkay Gundogan penalty and a Gabriel Jesus tap-in sealed the points.

Speaking after the game, Pep Guardiola admitted that he was ‘delighted’ with his side’s performance, though the Catalan picked out Kevin de Bruyne for extra praise.

“I am delighted with the way we played. We created a lot and played really good,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.

“We kept going forward and played balls so simply. We didn’t want to make every action incredible, playing simple is why the team played good.

“I enjoyed it much more [than the Arsenal game]. Kevin De Bruyne was incredible tonight – he won the game for us.

“He has always been incredible since we’ve been together. His commitment is incredible. He’s a spectacular player.”

The result keeps Leicester 10 points adrift of Liverpool, with City a point further back, with the European champions not on league action this weekend due to their participation in the Club World Cup final.

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