Kompany, Gundogan unlikely heroes as Man City move within one game of Premier League title
MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester City moved back top of the Premier League with a nerve-shredding 1-0 victory over Leicester City. Pep Guardiola's side were struggling to find the breakthrough until a stunning 30-yard strike in the 70th minute from captain Vincent Kompany rescued a remarkable win.
One match, one victory required and City will be Premier League champions. With the tension growing inside the Etihad Stadium and knowing that any slip-up would hand Liverpool the advantage in the title race, they found a way to get the job done. The breakthrough came through an unlikely source, but City had found a way to win their previous 12 Premier League matches and they somehow did it again.
Despite scoring more goals than any other English side in a season even before tonight's game, City found it incredibly difficult to create too many chances against a very well-organised Leicester side as the tension appeared to get to them at times. Brighton will be even more negative on the final day of the season and City must maintain their composure to avoid any final-day catastrophe.
Manager rating out of 10
8 -- Starting Phil Foden in City's last home game against Tottenham proved a masterstroke, but the 18-year-old found it difficult to impose himself on this game with the hard work and energy in front of Leicester's back four. With City struggling to find a breakthrough, Pep Guardiola turned to Leroy Sane 10 minutes into the second half and City looked more of a threat. His other big call was to choose Kompany as the centre-back to partner Aymeric Laporte -- mainly for his experience, not necessarily his ability to smash in goals from 30 yards!
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Ederson, 7 -- Controlled his box comfortably and was alert to balls over the top.
DF Vincent Kompany, 9 -- Solid defensively but for a couple of typically rash challenges. Then there was his majestic and all-important strike.
DF Aymeric Laporte, 7 -- Composed performance and spread the play with his rasping cross-field passes.
FW Phil Foden, 6 -- Plenty of energy but he struggled to make as big an impact as in his previous match-winning performance against Spurs.
MF David Silva, 6 -- Tried to thread some balls through the organised Foxes defence but couldn't quite work his magic.
FW Raheem Sterling, 6 -- Found it difficult to find space to make the impact that has made him a match winner all season. Was more of a threat in the second period.
FW Leroy Sane, 6 -- Stretched Leicester by staying wide and using his pace.
FW Gabriel Jesus, N/R -- Late change to chase everything in the final five minutes.
DF John Stones, N/R -- Injury-time switch to ensure nothing slipped.