Kevin De Bruyne felt Manchester City deserved even more than a 2-0 victory from their dominant display at Leicester City.
The 18-point gulf between Pep Guardiola’s champions-elect and the third-placed Foxes was in evidence for large stretches of the game at the King Power Stadium, where De Bruyne was named man of the match.
The Belgium playmaker struck the crossbar with a first-half free-kick but Pep Guardiola’s men had to wait until the 58th minute to find a breakthrough – left-back Benjamin Mendy the unlikely goalscorer.
Gabriel Jesus netted for the fifth time in six outings against Leicester to seal the points, the Brazil forward the beneficiary of Raheem Sterling’s unselfishness and a majestic De Bruyne throughball.
“I thought it was really good. The first half we totally dominated,” De Bruyne told Sky Sports.
“They had the one chance that was offside with [Jamie] Vardy, but basically there was one team playing.
“Second half, Leicester did a little bit better but, if you look at the 90 minutes, it was 2-0 and I think we deserved even more goals.
“After an international break, that’s really well done from the team.”
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Ex-England striker Vardy rolling into the net when he was flagged offside during first-half stoppage time showed how some profligate finishing might have undermined the Premier League leaders’ smooth control of proceedings, but De Bruyne insisted they remained calm.
“We created chances, we should have scored but that happens,” he said.
“We knew the way they play against us was going to be really difficult. They play really defensive.
“We had to be patient and that what we did. I was very happy for Mendy then to break the deadlock.”
Guardiola’s side were thrashed 5-2 by Leicester back in September, with this sharply contrasting performance demonstrating the strides made since.
“That was a bad game from us and they deserved to win but that was such a long time ago,” De Bruyne added, with Borussia Dortmund up next in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
“We’ve picked it up during the season and done well, so I’m really happy.
“In the end I’m here to provide for the team and if I can set my team-mates up and they finish it I’m happy.
“It’s one win more and it’s good to get in the rhythm because Tuesday is another game.”
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