Date: 10th February 2018 at 9:05pm
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Following today’s clash between Manchester City and Leicester City, here are the instant reactions from both managers.

Manchester City hosted Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium for a 5.30pm kick off on Saturday February 10, with the hosts taking a five one victory on the evening.

Raheem Sterling opened the scoring after 3 minutes had been played and although Jamie Vardy had Leicester back on level terms midway through the first half, the second period was the Sergio Aguero show as he scored four times.

The two main talking points from the game will be the size of City’s win as they tighten their grip on what has to be this season’s Premier League title, but for Leicester the return of Riyad Mahrez to the game after his transfer absence will also create discussion.

Teams:

Man City:

Ederson, Walker, Otamendi (Stones 81), Laporte, Zinchenko (Danilo 65), De Bruyne, Fernandinho (Foden 80), Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Aguero, Sterling.

Substitutes:

Bravo, Kompany, Nmecha, Diaz.

Leicester:

Schmeichel, Dragovic, Maguire, Fuchs, Albrighton, James, Ndidi, Adrien Silva (Simpson 45), Chilwell (Iheanacho 62), Diabate (Mahrez 62), Vardy.

Substitutes:

Gray, Jakupovic, Iborra, Benalouane.

Speaking to the BBC’s cameras a short time after match day referee Mike Jones blew the final whistle, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola explained.

‘Sergio fought hard and he is so important to us. We played quite similar to the way we played in our draw against Burnley last week, but the difference here was we took our chances. Sergio does not always have a big presence in games, for example in the first half when they had four or five guys at the back and there was almost no space. But always he is still focused and you know that he is still there and sooner or later he will score. That is why he made our second goal look easy, but he had to be there. Scoring one goal changed his mood and after that he was able to get more and more.’

Leicester City manager Claude Puel in his comparative interview was obviously asked about the return of Riyad Mahrez.

‘The most important thing is that he came back to the training session, to the game. I said it was important he came back quickly so he could come straight back into the squad and of course we are stronger with our best player. He got on the pitch and worked hard. He showed he had a good fitness. Now it is important to look forward and put this behind us, with the next games coming up.’

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