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Leicester City 0-0 Manchester City

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at the King Power Stadium
Leicester v Manchester City
Manchester City bettered possession but Leicester dealt with their threat comfortably

Leicester City missed the chance to return to the top of the Premier League as they played out a goalless draw with Manchester City at the King Power Stadium.

Claudio Ranieri's side can take great heart, however, from a highly impressive response to only their second league defeat of the season at Liverpool on Boxing Day - but Arsenal stay top on goal difference.

Leicester and Manchester City both had chances in an entertaining encounter, with goalkeepers Kasper Schmeichel and Joe Hart excelling with a succession of saves.

Man of the moment Jamie Vardy missed Leicester's best chance when he shot over the top after racing clear in the first half while the normally lethal Sergio Aguero was off target from inside the six-yard box as both sides pushed for the win.

Relive the action as Leicester frustrated Manchester City.

Aguero still searching for spark

Aguero's frustrating season continues as he was replaced by Wilfried Bony after just 62 minutes with Manchester City pressing strongly for a breakthrough.

Foxes performance "very pleasing" - Leicester boss Ranieri

The 27-year-old Argentine is a striker of undisputed world class but his edge has been blunted by a succession of niggling injuries that have interrupted his season.

Aguero has scored seven Premier League goals this term - and five of those came in the space of 20 minutes in the 6-1 win against Newcastle United at the Etihad in early October.

He had a couple of opportunities here, none better than when he stole in on a corner seconds after the break but his touch was too heavy at the near post and he was well off target.

Sergio Aguero is challenged by Gokhan Inler
Aguero went down under the challenge of Gokhan Inler and wanted a penalty shortly before being substituted

Aguero is a player of such quality that it is only a matter of time before the brilliance returns but he seems to be struggling for full fitness - and as City search for the victories that will give them consistency, it is a vital missing ingredient.

Leicester not going away

It is the question that has been asked all season - how will Leicester City react to a defeat?

After the 1-0 defeat at Liverpool on Boxing Day, the visit of Manuel Pellegrini's expensively assembled squad was both a test and an opportunity.

Christian Fuchs touch map
Christian Fuchs touched the ball 94 times down Leicester's left flank, only Bacary Sagna saw more possession

They answered the question emphatically with a performance bursting with spirit and energy, roared on by the trademark vibrant atmosphere at a packed King Power Stadium.

This was a night when Ranieri's undercard once again came to the fore and outshone the pair he calls "the pinnacle of the iceberg" - Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.

N'Golo Kante, a £5.6m summer signing from French club Caen, has been winning plaudits and he looked a bargain again here.

Kante almost broke the deadlock with a flashing 25-yard shot just wide then showed remarkable pace to catch Raheem Sterling in a footrace to stop a City attack.

Wes Morgan was once again a powerhouse in defence alongside Robert Huth, while Christian Fuchs ran a marathon down the left, almost creating a first-half goal for Marc Albrighton with a superb cross.

Vardy and Mahrez deserve every headline written about them this season - but there is much more going on under the pinnacle of the Leicester iceberg.

Manchester City's travel sickness continues

Manchester City shots against Leicester
Manchester City had 21 shots, five on target (green), seven blocked (yellow) and nine off target (red)

While Manchester City may be formidable at home, there is a missing link away from home that is undermining their chances of taking the Premier League title back from Chelsea.

This goalless draw leaves their league away record this season as won three, drawn three and lost three with eight goals scored and eight conceded - not title-winning form.

City's last away league victory was at Crystal Palace on 12 September after starting with impressive victories at West Bromwich Albion and Everton.

There is still time to put it right - but the lack of punch away from home must be a concern for Pellegrini because it is often on travels where titles are won.

Man of the match - N'Golo Kante

N'Golo Kante
N'Golo Kante ran over 11km in the match, only Marc Albrighton covered more ground

Manager reaction

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri: "I think we made a very good match. It was difficult. We played well, we created some chances. I wanted to see how my players responded after the Liverpool defeat and they responded well.

Draw with Leicester disappointing - Manchester City boss Pellegrini

"Every match is difficult for us. This league is very crazy...nobody wants to win the league. It's very strange. We're the basement and the other teams are a villa with a swimming pool. It's not easy for us but we want to fight with everybody. It's a miracle what we're doing."

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "I think we did more than Leicester to win the game. We had more possession, more attempts, more options but it was a tough game against a tough team playing away. This is a crucial period. I think at the end of January we will know exactly what position we are in. "

The stats you need to know

  • Manchester City have extended their winless run on the road in the Premier League to six games, something they last achieved in April 2011.
  • Pellegrini's side have scored just one goal in their last five Premier League away games.
  • Leicester City failed to score at home in the Premier League for the first time in 15 games.
  • Manchester City kept their first clean sheet of the season without Vincent Kompany in the line-up.
Vincent Kompany Twitter
After the match, Manuel Pellegrini revealed captain Vincent Kompany will miss three to four weeks through injury

Up next?

Leicester host Bournemouth - who have one defeat in seven - on Saturday, while Manchester City play the first of seven games they contest in January by travelling to Watford for a 17:30 GMT kick-off.

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 17Simpson
  • 5Morgan
  • 6Huth
  • 28Fuchs
  • 26Mahrez
  • 4DrinkwaterSubstituted forKingat 80'minutes
  • 33InlerSubstituted forUlloaat 67'minutes
  • 14Kanté
  • 11AlbrightonBooked at 81minsSubstituted forde Laetat 90+3'minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 2de Laet
  • 10King
  • 20Okazaki
  • 23Ulloa
  • 24Dyer
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 32Schwarzer

Man City

  • 1Hart
  • 3Sagna
  • 30Otamendi
  • 20MangalaBooked at 76mins
  • 11KolarovBooked at 66mins
  • 42Y Touré
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 17De BruyneBooked at 90mins
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forNavasat 74'minutes
  • 7SterlingSubstituted forIheanachoat 89'minutes
  • 10AgüeroSubstituted forBonyat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Zabaleta
  • 13Caballero
  • 14Bony
  • 15Navas
  • 26Demichelis
  • 61Horsfield
  • 72Iheanacho
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
32,072

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home11
Away21
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away13
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leicester City 0, Manchester City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leicester City 0, Manchester City 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Ritchie de Laet replaces Marc Albrighton.

  4. Booking

    Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Bacary Sagna (Manchester City).

  6. Post update

    Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Kelechi Iheanacho replaces Raheem Sterling.

  8. Post update

    Yaya Touré (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Andy King (Leicester City).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Christian Fuchs.

  11. Booking

    Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Bacary Sagna (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Marc Albrighton (Leicester City).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Andy King replaces Daniel Drinkwater.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Leicester City. Christian Fuchs tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Christian Fuchs (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

  19. Booking

    Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal19123433181539
2Leicester19116237251239
3Man City19113537201736
4Tottenham1998233151835
5Crystal Palace199462316731
6Man Utd198652216630
7West Ham197842823529
8Watford198562420429
9Stoke198562019129
10Liverpool187652122-127
11Everton196853528726
12Southampton196672623324
13West Brom196581824-623
14Chelsea195592329-620
15Norwich195592232-1020
16Bournemouth195592234-1220
17Swansea194781624-819
18Newcastle1945101934-1517
19Sunderland1833121937-1812
20Aston Villa1915131534-198
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