Four-goal Aguero runs riot as Man City rout Leicester

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Sergio Aguero stole the show with four goals, though Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was equally as impressive for City, picking up three assists as the Citizens eased 16 points clear of Manchester United in the Premier League title race.

Riyad Mahrez has at last returned to training for Leicester City after his self-imposed exile from the Foxes squad and could feature on Saturday against Manchester City, according to Sky Sports.

The success of the two Manchester clubs has been hugely impressive this season, and City and United now occupy the top two spots in the Premier League, with Pep Guardiola's side looking set to claim the title come the end of the season.

Claude Puel believes that it is time to stop talking about Riyad Mahrez after giving the winger a 30-minute runout from the bench against Manchester City.

The duo were in blistering form against the Foxes, with Aguero scoring four times, and De Bruyne contributing a hat-trick of assists.

"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.

"What happens today, it is a game we couldn't afford to lose", Wenger said. De Bruyne's stunning pass took the entire Leicester defence out of the game.

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And commenting on four-goal hero Aguero, Guardiola said: "Sergio has an wonderful talent in the box, so we try to create a lot of chances to score the goals he does, and he always does".

It did not take long for the home side to assert their authority as Sterling netted his 20th goal of the season - this time finishing easily from close range to banish the memory of the sitter he missed at Burnley.

Leicester made a change at half-time, bringing on Danny Simpson in a change of shape intent on disrupting the predictable style of the game.

MAN CITY: Ederson 8, Walker 8, Laporte 6, Otamendi 7, Zinchenko 7, Fernandinho 7, Gundogan 7, De Bruyne 9, Sterling 8, B Silva 7, Aguero 10. "Now it's important to move on together and prepare for the next game".

Even with the five-man back line, not one of Leicester's three centre backs was able to adjust their body position enough to step back and intercept De Bruyne's cross as it flashed behind them with just a couple of minutes of the game gone.

BBC pundit Danny Murphy caused a bit of a stir on social media for his comments on Match of the Day about Kevin De Bruyne.