Manchester City's players are in awe of Kevin De Bruyne's creativity

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However, Aguero took centre stage with a finishing masterclass to take his tally in City's last seven home games to 14 goals as Guardiola's side moved 16 points clear.

An Aguero quadruple and a Raheem Sterling opener steamrolled the Foxes on Saturday at the Etihad.

"Sergio has an incredible talent in the box", Guardiola said.

The former Atletico Madrid man's hat-trick goal came from a bit of opportunism when Schmeichel misplaced a pass, allowing the striker to lift the ball over him and into the net.

"When one player is able to score four goals, he deserves all the credit and the nice words".

"It was hard to play them in the first half with them playing a 4-5-1, but in the second half we found more space with the wingers", Guardiola said in his post-match interview.

Other bad challenges which have sparked controversy include lunges on Kevin De Bruyne by Crystal Palace's Jason Puncheon and Tottenham's Dele Alli and James McClean of West Brom.

The Algeria worldwide failed to show up at the King Power Stadium after his move to the Etihad Stadium fell through.

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Spurs, who would have won by a greater margin but for an inspired performance from goalkeeper Petr Cech, climbed two places to third while Arsenal sit six points adrift of Liverpool in fourth and Juergen Klopp's side have a game in hand. Keeping that consistency is so important for us. I think that him speaking while Manchester City are so dominant will mean no one will be saying "he's speaking because he's carping".

After ending his exile, he said: "Over the past 10 days, many people claiming to be my friend have spoken about me and things they know nothing about". All we can say is good luck to the Swiss giants.

"But to be admired, to be loved, to give credit for what we have done, we have to lift the titles but we are in the right way".

However, Leicester have already proved that they are will not be easy to deal with in the transfer market and capable of hanging onto their stars, after they refused to let Riyad Mahrez move to Manchester City last month, despite an offer of £65m reportedly being on the table.

And Puel claimed both he and the Algeria worldwide will focus their efforts on the rest of the season without any issues.

"I've said a lot of times it was important Riyad came back to work hard in training", Puel told Sky Sports .

"My example is words; the players' examples are the facts and one of the best players we have is the guy who runs the most and fights the most".

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