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Manchester City have strengthened their grip on second place following a late winner by Gabriel Jesus over third place Leicester City in the Premier League following a 1-0 win against Leicester City.

Pep named a strong team to face the Foxes including Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte. David Silva dropped to the bench while Riyad Mahrez replaced Gabriel Jesus in the starting XI.

Leicester started brightly and Jamie Vardy rattled the post following a Laporte mistake. A glorious chance fell to Ilkay Gundogan but the German fluffed his lines.

“We’re disappointed we didn’t get a penalty; it’s so clear,” Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers told Sky Sports. “I felt it was the reason VAR was brought in. It was going towards the goal, the corner, and Kevin De Bruyne stops it. He’s lifted his arms up. If you look at the reaction of the other players in the wall, their hands were down. It’s handball.”

Aguero’s miss from the spot was City’s fourth consecutive fluffed penalty in league play, but Pep Guardiola insisted “next one we are going to score” before looking ahead to his side’s visit to Real Madrid for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday.

“The preparation after 12 days off was good, we have played two good games, and it’s good to prepare for Madrid with these good opponents. We are playing the kings of the competition, we will see, we will try to enjoy it and do our game.”

Nevertheless, Jesus off the bench netted the only goal of the game to seal three points following a mazy run from Mahrez against his former club.

By: Muyiwa Aguda 

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