John Stones to make Manchester City comeback against Leicester

"Brakes? What are brakes

Sergio Aguero scored four second-half goals as Manchester City thumped Leicester to move 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

Mahrez remains unlikely to be involved when Leicester travel to face Guardiola's men on Saturday having only returned to training on Friday for the first time since Jan 30, when City's reported £50 million plus a player valued at £15 million offer for the Algerian was rejected.

The goal, however, was simply the icing on the cake that was De Bruyne's assist, a wonderful, curling, first-time cross from the right wing that took three Leicester players out of the game before finding Sterling unmarked at the back post.

Second-placed Manchester United can cut Pep Guardiola's men's lead back down to 13 points if they win at Newcastle United on Sunday, while Leicester remain eighth.

Aguero punished a bad clearance from Kasper Schmeichel with a sublime dinked finish to net his 12th treble for the hosts, before saving his best until last with a dipping drive that crashed in off the bar.

Manchester City playmaker David Silva remains a doubt with the abdominal injury that caused him to miss last week's draw at Burnley.


"Now we are 24 players and it will be tough to find a place in the starting XI for everyone - 24 players that fight to be on the starting XI every single game", said the upbeat Spurs boss.

The Foxes responded by bringing on Mahrez, and former City striker Kelechi Iheanacho to try and change the tempo of the game, but in truth the game was already long beyond Leicester.

Manchester City were on fire again on Saturday as they made yet another step towards the Premier League title by beating Leicester City 5-1. De Bruyne's stunning pass took the entire Leicester defence out of the game. It was another masterful midfield display from Kevin De Bruyne who assisted three of the five goals, while Sergio Aguero gave a demonstration of sustained scoring power. "It is important to move together with good solidarity and understanding together". For now, though, they should just enjoy the moment - Aguero's superb finishing, Sterling's dazzling runs and the inspirational Kevin de Bruyne's creativity.

The tempo of the game slowed massively following Aguero's second goal, but Manchester City still retained possession on the edge of the Leicester box, using their surgeon-like approach to wear the visitors out.

Claude Puel introduced Mahrez from the bench to a chorus of ironic cheers just after the hour mark, giving him his first appearance since January 20.

City are now just one game off the Premier League record of seven home games of three or more goals, set by United from December 2009 to March 2010.

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