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11 February 2018, 04:11 | Joan Schultz

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Premier League winners, Manchester City, pulled out of the deal after refusing to meet Leicester staggering transfer demands of KSh 13.7 billion plus a player.

Irrespective of the 26-year-old's involvement at the weekend, Guardiola feels the Foxes have plenty of ways to threaten his runaway league leaders.

"Sergio has an unbelievable talent in the box, so we try to create a lot of chances to score the goals he does, and he always does", City manager Pep Guardiola said after the match.

"He fought, he played really good and he scored goals and it's so important, we needed it".

The Catalan coach's decision brought some stinging criticism, particularly from Sky pundit and former Manchester United captain Gary Neville, who believed Guardiola should have offered the chance of a matchday experience on the bench to one of City's many talented academy prospects.

Pep Guardiola has insisted Manchester City are not to blame for Riyad Mahrez's absence from Leicester City training. "I hope he can come back and work hard with the team sooner rather than later, of course, we will see", said the Frenchman on Thursday. "I think everyone knows Riyad has the ability to play at the highest level, so I understand his disappointment, definitely".

Guardiola, meanwhile, said that City should not bear any responsibility for Riyad Mahrez's fallout with Leicester after a move to the Etihad Stadium fell through in late January.

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Mahrez's stand-off with the Foxes may have affected the club, but City will not underestimate their next visitors.

The Argentine talisman was in clinical form and produced an instinctive finish when De Bruyne once more played in the centre forward who controlled beautifully before smashing home from close range, 3-1.

Manchester City is one of the best teams in Europe this season, the club looks very strong.

"They are so risky with [Jamie] Vardy, [Marc] Albrighton, Mahrez if he plays, with [Shinji] Okazaki".

"Sergio Ag├╝ero was a different class today", Sterling said. But the manager expects Gabriel Jesus to return to action within the next two weeks.

However, Leicester's only two victories in the last 14 competitive meetings came home and away in 2016.

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