PLAYER REVIEWS: Walker was nearly perfect on defense while Iheanacho was a virtual spectator

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Manchester City took another huge step towards becoming Premier League champions again after beating Leicester City comfortably on their own patch.

Goals from Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus netted all three points for Pep Guardiola’s men, taking them 11 points after claiming another top title.

Sportsmails IAN WHITTELL took a look at both sets of players during their clash on Saturday night.

Manchester City passed Leicester to get one step closer to winning the title

Manchester City passed Leicester to get one step closer to winning the title

Leicester City (3-4-1-2)

Kasper Schmeichel – 5.5

Terrible kicks added to Leicester’s troubles as they were stuck for a long time but made some good reflex saves.

Daniel Amartey – 6

Fearless display and threw itself in the way of numerous City attacks, but struggled with their mobile and intelligent forward play.

Jonny Evans – 6

He needed all of his experience to build his overworked defense. His sense of position and knows how he got out of difficult situations.

Wesley Fofana – 5.5

A high-rated youth fought hard against Mahrez, but couldn’t cope with the aggressive press on the ball.

Foxes defender Wesley Fofana (right) couldn't handle the aggressive press on the ball

Foxes defender Wesley Fofana (right) couldn't handle the aggressive press on the ball

Foxes defender Wesley Fofana (right) couldn’t handle the aggressive press on the ball

Marc Albrighton – 4.5

Spent most of the game as a right back in a back five, rather than as a fullback in midfield. Could have done more to stop Mendy for his shot.

Wilfred Ndidi – 6

Booked for a foul on De Bruyne, one of many, and looked overwhelmed by Fernandinho and City’s midfield.

Youri Tielemans – 7

His shot in the 48th minute forced Ederson into his first save and another attempt was blocked shortly after, rare moments of creativity he could muster.

Timothy Chestnuts – 6

Bad clearance nearly led to a goal as it was blocked by Mahrez, but caused a real shift of defensive work from the fullback.

Ayoze Perez – 6

Like his entire team, he was mostly used in defensive mode, but his neat pass allowed Vardy to get his rejected “goal”.

Kelechi Iheanacho – 5.5

Armed with a new contract that was announced before kick-off, he was a virtual spectator but led a nice break that Tielemans set up after the break.

Jamie Vardy – 7

Little service but showed what he was capable of with a great finish for a failed effort in the first half. Worked tirelessly.

Kelechi Iheanacho (left) was a bystander at times while Jamie Vardy (right) worked tirelessly

Kelechi Iheanacho (left) was a bystander at times while Jamie Vardy (right) worked tirelessly

Kelechi Iheanacho (left) was a bystander at times while Jamie Vardy (right) worked tirelessly

Substitutes

Ricardo Pereira in front of Albrighton 71 minutes – 5

James Maddison in front of Iheanacho 71 minutes – 5

Nampalys Mendy in front of Patience 83 minutes

Subs (not used): Ward, Choudhury, Praet, Thomas, Daley-Campbell, Suengchitthawon

Manchester City (4-1-2-3)

Ederson – 6.5

Spent long periods doing literally nothing but was alert when occasionally forced into action.

Kyle Walker – 9

With Leicester leaning back, he had plenty of room to show off his amazing range and showed perfect concentration in defense.

Kyle Walker shows off his amazing range of passing and perfect concentration in defense

Kyle Walker shows off his amazing range of passing and perfect concentration in defense

Kyle Walker shows off his amazing range of passing and perfect concentration in defense

Ruben Dias – 7.5

Made a great block to fend off a rare rear shot from Tielemans and easily managed the single time Leicester came out of their half.

Aymeric Laporte – 7

Flawless display of the middle half, who had to be wary of Leicester on the counter. Solid and disciplined.

Benjamin Mendy – 7.5

Unlikely opening goal scorer, with a rare right foot shot, but deserved for a solid showing in which he made a big offensive contribution.

Fernandinho – 8

Shot a brilliant long shot that was ruled out early and ruled the midfield as the lone man for City’s back four.

Kevin De Bruyne – 8.5

Hit the bar with a sensational free kick, one of many brilliant set pieces, and passing was as unparalleled as usual, holding a hand in both goals.

Kevin De Bruyne (right) had a hand in both goals and was imperious in a City shirt as always

Kevin De Bruyne (right) had a hand in both goals and was imperious in a City shirt as always

Kevin De Bruyne (right) had a hand in both goals and was imperious in a City shirt as always

Rodri – 7.5

Played more advanced than usual, but added a solid presence to the midfield and looked good in the final third as well.

Riyad Mahrez – 6.5

Former Fox had some good openings, one hit right to Schmeichel, but his second half shot, saved by Schmeichel, led to the opener.

Sergio Agüero – 5

In the week that he announced his departure, he showed that he is still far from his usual sharpness. Volleyed his best shot next to and early at the bottom.

Gabriel Jesus – 8

Meekly hit a great opening to the goalkeeper, but showed some nice detail in and around the box before claiming a deserved goal.

Within a week he announced that he was leaving, Aguero showed that he is still far from his usual sharpness

Within a week he announced that he was leaving, Aguero showed that he is still far from his usual sharpness

Within a week he announced that he was leaving, Aguero showed that he is still far from his usual sharpness

Substitutes

Raheem Sterling in front of Aguero 62 minutes – 7

Ferran Torres in front of Mahrez 78 minutes – 6

Phil Foden in front of De Bruyne 88 minutes

Subs (not used): Stones, Ake, Gundogan, Silva, Cancelo, Carson.

Referee: Anthony Taylor – 6