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Leicester City 0 – 0 Manchester City – Ranieri’s men stay firm to hang on to second.

2740Claudio Ranieri’s team could not produce the win that would mean finishing the year looking down on everybody else but they sure responded well from the defeat to Liverpool on Boxing Day and matched a side that has won the title in two of the past four seasons in an emphatic performance at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester did not always show the adventure seen at other times this season, especially as the tinker man Ranieri changed his formation and started with one striker upfront but Jamie Vardy could probably be excused for missing Leicester’s best chance in the first half, one that might have sent them back to the top of the league.

The Foxes started slowly and unsure but their confidence grew in the second half with Riyad Mahrez also getting dangerous as the game wore on, a better performance than last can also be credited to players like Marc Albrighton, left-back Christian Fuchs, Kasper Schmeichel who made some brilliant saves to keep them in it and most importantly the unsung hero who moved in the summer from Caen in the French Ligue 2 for 5.6 million pounds – N’golo Kante, the midfielder who has been influential for Leicester City all season.

Manchester City would take lots of positives from the better defensive shift put in by Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi, after failing to keep a clean sheet in any of the previous 17 matches that Vincent Kompany failed to start.
Joe Hart and the rest of his defence walked off the pitch at the King Power Stadium celebrating a rare shutout.

What they can’t shut though is the fact that their title credentials has come short on the road, this goalless draw leaves their league away record this season as won three, drawn three and lost three with eight goals scored and eight conceded – definitely, not title-winning form.

City’s last away league victory was at Crystal Palace on 12 September after starting with impressive victories at West Bromwich Albion and Everton.

There is still time to put it right – but the lack of punch away from home must be a concern for manager Manuel Pellegrini because it is often on travels where titles are won.

Not the best 2015 they have had over there at the Etihad, unlike Leicester who have reached the midway point leading the pack only denied top spot on goal difference by Arsenal.

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