Vardy Party Hangover For Manchester City
New Manchester City Coach Pep Guardiola might want to start focusing on defending during the upcoming training sessions. The tiki-taka style he brought with him to Manchester might be attractive to the eye, but this is the EPL, where team defending and physical play are crucial to a team's success over the course of a long season.
Manchester City travelled to Leicester's King Power stadium looking to close the gap at the top of the table over rivals Chelsea, instead they find themselves in fourth place with a seven point gap.
The match was effectively over by halftime with Leicester heading to the locker room with a comfortable 3-0 lead, thanks to a brace by Vardy and a goal by Andy King. It was actually 2-0 after five minutes.
Vardy added a third goal in the 79th minute to make it 4-0, but Manchester responded late in the match with goals from Kolarov (82) and Nolito (90), to make the score line somewhat respectable.
Guardiola actually rolled the dice in the second half by subbing in Yaya Toure and Raheem Sterling to boost the attack, but this tactical adjustment proved to be unsuccessful, as Vardy actually stretched the lead to 4-0.
Kolarov scored a gorgeous free-kick, as he so often does, curling it to the far post. He then fed Nolito to make it 4-2, but it was too little, too late.
Leicester City now move up to 14th on 16 points in the EPL table. The Foxes started this campaign off slowly, but are starting to build momentum as they made it to the knock out round of the Champions League, followed by a big win over Manchester City all in the same week.
Quite the opposite for Man City, as they had a strong start to the season, but have had mixed results lately. They will need to figure this out quickly, or they could continue dropping in the standings,and they're sure to have a tough draw in the Chapions League second round.
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