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4 Things We Learned From Man City's All Conquering Display Against Leicester at the Etihad

Manchester City blew Leicester away at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, romping to a comprehensive 5-1 win against the former Premier League champions.


The Citizens went in at half-time on level terms with the Foxes, but stormed out of the blocks in the second half as Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne took over proceedings to lead City to an emphatic victory.


Pep Guardiola's side now lead closest rivals Manchester United by 16 points at the top of the Premier League table, with the Citizens seemingly unstoppable in their title quest.


Here are four things we learned from their latest triumph..

1. Kevin De Bruyne Creates Chances at Will

Manchester City have one hell of a special talent on their hands in Belgian superstar Kevin De Bruyne.


The 26-year old helped himself to a hat-trick of assists, as his side ran out convincing winners in the second-half. De Bruyne's vision and ability to fashion chances out of nothing was on display once more, with the former Chelsea man teeing up Sergio Aguero's first goal with a perfectly weighted low cross.


The midfielder recently signed a new five-year deal with City, and after Saturday's performance, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp described De Bruyne as "the best I’ve ever seen at passing the ball."

2. Leicester Missed the Spark of Riyad Mahrez

Leicester had endured a difficult week in the build-up to Saturday's clash, with star player Riyad Mahrez rumoured to have gone AWOL.


The Algerian midfielder reconciled with the club on Friday, after both parties released a statement confirming Mahrez had been authorised time away from the club after a deadline day switch to Manchester City fell through.


Mahrez' lack of training this week meant he was not involved from the start, and it was evident early on that Claude Puel's side missed his spark and energy. The 26-year old is often the heartbeat of Leicester's attacking threat, and his absence was felt throughout a first half that saw Jamie Vardy isolated, despite his equalising goal.


Mahrez came on during the second period with the score already at 3-1, and with Leicester chasing the game, he was unable to influence proceedings against a rampant Citizens side.

3. Nobody Is as Clinical as Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero turned in a second-half performance of the highest quality, as the Argentine striker bagged four goals in a highly impressive display.


The 29-year old was at his brutal best, showing off his natural instinct for punishing sleepy opposition defences. His positioning and composure in front of goal were also evident in abundance, as Aguero punished Leicester's lacklustre defending with some lethal finishing.


His third goal, punishing a dreadful error from Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel, was his third hat-trick of the season, and 12th overall in a distinguished City career that still has many more miles left on the clock.

4. It's a Battle for Second Place

As if we didn't already know before kick-off, but this title race is all but over. City's ability to move through the gears like no other team was on display once more in a ruthlessly efficient performance.


The gap at the top of the table is now a huge 16 points, with Guardiola's men boasting 72 points from their 27 games played. It will take a miracle to stop his side from charging to their third Premier League crown, despite their Spanish manager's repeated desire to take things one game at a time.


This was a performance befitting of champions, with De Bruyne and Aguero in particular, showing devastating qualities that no other side seems capable of displaying right now.