Sergio Aguero scored four second-half goals as Manchester City’s march towards the Premier League title continued unabated with a 5-1 thrashing of Leicester on Saturday to move 16 points clear of Manchester United.
Aguero now trails Harry Kane by just two goals in the race for the golden boot, but just one from Kane was enough to win the North London derby as the Tottenham striker’s seventh goal in as many games against Arsenal secured a 1-0 win.
Riyad Mahrez made his Leicester return after ending his self-imposed exile at protest after the Foxes turned down a transfer deadline day advance by City for the Algerian.
However, the damage had already been done for the visitors by the time Mahrez entered as a substitute just after the hour mark thanks to another Aguero masterclass.
Kevin De Bruyne’s teasing low cross was turned home by Sterling for his 20th goal of the season inside three minutes, but there was a rude awakening for City’s record signing Aymeric Laporte on just his second appearance for the club as Jamie Vardy skipped beyond the £57 million defender before his deflected shot found the bottom corner.
Leicester were powerless to stop Aguero after the break as the Argentine took advantage of two more wonderful De Bruyne passes and then an errant clearance from Leicester ‘keeper Kasper Schmeichel to complete his hat-trick.
The best was yet to come as Aguero smashed a 20-yard drive in off the underside of the bar.