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Manchester City 2-5 Leicester City: Player Ratings as five-star Foxes run riot at Etihad | Premier League 2020-21

Vaibhav Joshi
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Modified 28 Sep 2020, 14:34 IST
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Leicester City Player Ratings:

Kasper Schmeichel: 5/10

Besides Manchester City’s two goals, Leicester’s experienced goalkeeper wasn’t unduly tested during the course of the match and was only called upon to make a few routine saves as City struggled to create too many goal-scoring opportunities.

Daniel Amartey:

The only player to retain his place in the starting lineup from Leicester’s Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal in midweek, Amartey, started on the right of a three-man defence for the visitors. He was kept fairly busy by the runs of Sterling, Mahrez, and Co. and collected a booking early in the second half but executed his defensive duties well on the whole.

Jonny Evans: 6/10

Returning from a three-match suspension after getting sent off in the final game of last season, Evans brought a calming influence to the Foxes’ backline. However, a thigh injury forced him off in the second half, which could be a cause of concern for Brendan Rodgers going forward.

Caglar Soyuncu: 6/10

The Turkish defender was his usual robust self in the Leicester backline, picking up a booking early in the second half and never finding himself far from the action as Manchester City probed regularly in search of goals.

Timothy Castagne: 7/10

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The Belgian full-back continued his excellent start to life in the Premier League with yet another assist, making a great run in behind Manchester City’s backline to supply the cross for Vardy’s second goal. He was tidy in possession and accomplished in defence as well, with early signs pointing to him being one of the most shrewd signings of the season.

James Justin: 6/10

The young Englishman seems to be increasingly at home in an unfamiliar left-back role, providing great energy up and down Leicester’s left flank throughout the game.

Nampalys Mendy: 6/10

Deputising in midfield for the injured Wilfried Ndidi, Mendy was kept busy by Manchester City’s stars but held his own admirably and even claimed an assist for Maddison’s stunning effort late on.

Dennis Praet: 5/10

The Belgian put in a tidy shift in the middle of the park for the Foxes before being forced off with an injury with about 20 minutes to go.

Youri Tielemans: 6/10

The young Belgian rounded off the scoring for Liecester City.
The young Belgian rounded off the scoring for Liecester City.

After collecting an early booking for a cynical foul on dDe Bruyne, it looked like Tielemans would be overrun in midfield by Manchester City’s big names. However, the young Belgian grew into the game as the clock ticked on, setting up Vardy’s second goal and rounding off the rout with a nerveless penalty.

Harvey Barnes: 6/10

The young Englishman was full of running, drawing defenders out of position and opening up spaces for Vardy to exploit.

Jamie Vardy: 9/10

Jamie Vardy continued where he left off last season, bagging a hat-trick..
Jamie Vardy continued where he left off last season, bagging a hat-trick..

Last season’s Golden Boot winner shows no signs of stopping with age, surging to the top of the scoring charts this season with a fine hat-trick, the fourth treble already scored this season. Two confident penalties, both of which he won himself, sandwiched an impudent back-heeled finish that set Leicester City on their way to victory before Vardy was forced off late on through injury. 

This was only the third ever hat-trick scored against a side managed by Pep Guardiola, with Vardy grabbing two of those, and Lionel Messi the other.

Leicester City Substitutes Ratings

James Maddison: 8/10

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The Englishman got himself on the scoresheet with a long-range stunner.
The Englishman got himself on the scoresheet with a long-range stunner.

A late entrant into the game, Maddison, put the game beyond reach for the hosts with a superb long-range strike that curled into the top corner past a despairing dive from Ederson. He then earned his side the third and final penalty of the night, which Tielemans dispatched to put the final nail in Manchester City’s coffin.

Christian Fuchs: 5/10

The experienced Austrian replaced Evans in defence and went about his business in a calm and composed fashion. Even though Manchester City were given a brief glimpse of hope by Ake’s header in the 84th minute, Fuchs and his fellow defenders ensured that the hosts were not abe to effect a miraculous comeback.

Kelechi Iheanacho: N.A.

The former Manchester City striker, who came on late in the game to replace the injured Vardy, hardly got a touch as the ball remained mostly at the other end of the pitch, with Manchester City looking to score another goal.

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