For this Premier League shock, Leicester and Jamie Vardy humiliated a Manchester City team that was certainly lessened but which showed very big defensive deficiencies in this match. If Mahrez quickly opened the scoring, the inevitable Jamie Vardy offered himself a sumptuous hat trick before Maddison came to kill this match of sublime inspiration.
On behalf of this 3rd day of the Premier League, Manchester City hosted the Leicester team on their lawn. Unbeaten at home in the league for eleven meetings now, Pep Guardiola’s men presented themselves in their Etihad Stadium with a much smaller team. Agüero, Cancelo, Gabriel Jesus, Gundogan, and Bernardo Silva were all missing from the scoresheet. To hope to confirm the beautiful victory obtained last week on the lawn of Wolverhampton (1-3), the Citizens had to get rid of Foxes authors of a perfect start to the championship, evidenced by their two victories against West Bromwich and Burnley in both first days.
To do this, the Spanish coach opted for a 4-2-3-1 with in particular Nathan Aké once again aligned in the starting eleven alongside Eric Garcia. Fernandinho was present in this midfield to fill the absence of Ilkay Gundogan. The attacking trio Foden-De Bruyne-Sterling meanwhile supported the tip of the attack of the day namely Riyad Mahrez. For his part, Brendan Rodgers concocted a 5-4-1 for the less defensive and relied on his serial scorer Jamie Vardy to try to stop the plans of the premises.
At the start of the match, Pep Guardiola’s men quickly set foot on the ball and only needed four short minutes to stand out and take the advantage through Riyad Mahrez (4th). The Algerian offensive winger perfectly took back a ball repelled by the opposing defense and sent a marvel of volley which took Kasper Schmeichel on the wrong foot. With 79% possession of the ball, the premises left no space for visitors turned up in their defense. Rodri was even ready to add more to the half-hour mark but Michael Oliver refused the goal for an offside position. But little by little, the Foxes began to return to their match and on the action that followed, they obtained a penalty after this fault by Kyle Walker (38th). A simple formality for Jamie Vardy who did not pray to deceive Ederson calmly and allow his team to regain hope in this meeting as their opportunities were few in this first act.
When we got back from the locker room, we were treated to a whole different game. Leicester players were transformed. And as usual, Jamie Vardy once again carried his team and saw double shortly before the hour mark. After an excellent job on his side, Timothy Castagne delivered a vicious center that the English striker took over from a subtle madjer . As if that were not enough, the last top scorer in the Premier League this time saw triple on the hour mark. In a pattern almost identical to his first goal, Jamie Vardy was this time destabilized in the area by Eric Garcia. The striker this time placed a powerful ball low to the ground to win a hat-trick against Manchester City. Just come into play, James Maddison in turn demonstrated the full extent of his talent on this wonder of coiled strike which came to lodge in the top corner of Ederson (77th). The reduction in the score of Nathan Aké (85th) was only anecdotal since two minutes from time, the locals conceded a third penalty. Replaced just before this fault, Jamie Vardy was not entitled to the quadruplet and Youri Tielemans came to conclude this dream afternoon for the Foxes (88th).