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Kevin De Bruyne hails "outstanding" Fabian Delph

Manchester City playmaker hails the performance of makeshift full-back Fabian Delph for the way he marshalled Riyad Mahrez against Leicester City.

Kevin De Bruyne has heaped praise on "outstanding" makeshift full-back Fabian Delph following Manchester City's 2-0 win over Leicester City.

City passed their latest test on Saturday by overcoming the 2015-16 champions at the King Power Stadium, courtesy of goals from Gabriel Jesus and De Bruyne.

The Belgium international earned plenty of plaudits for his impressive attacking display in the East Midlands, but De Bruyne believes that the performance of Delph - tasked with filling in for injured summer signing Benjamin Mendy over the past couple of months - was also worthy of praise.

"Delph was outstanding," the Manchester Evening News quotes him as saying. "To play against Mahrez, who was one of the best wingers in the league for years now. "He did a very good job. [Riyad] Mahrez didn't create much against him."

Skipper Vincent Kompany was deemed lucky to remain on the field following a last-man challenge on Jamie Vardy two minutes into the match, but De Bruyne believes that referee Graham Scott made the right call by showing just a yellow card.

"I don't think it was a red because it was on the turn, and also I don't know if he was alone because he went between the two defenders," he added.

"I guess it's not a red card. Obviously, it's a direct challenge so it was possible, but it was early in the game and not really clear so I think a yellow card was the right decision."

City have now won 16 matches in a row overall and have dropped just two points from 36 on offer in the Premier League.

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1Manchester CityMan City18171056124452
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd18132339112841
3Chelsea18122432141838
4Arsenal18103531201133
5Burnley189541612432
6Liverpool1787234201431
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs1894531181331
8Leicester CityLeicester187562726126
9Watford186482733-622
10Everton176472129-822
11Huddersfield TownHuddersfield186391630-1421
12Southampton184681724-718
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton184681423-918
14Crystal Palace184591528-1317
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham184591732-1517
16Bournemouth174491520-516
17Stoke CityStoke1844101939-2016
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle1843111627-1115
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom182881224-1214
20Swansea CitySwansea173311922-1312
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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City18171056124452
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd18132339112841
3Chelsea18122432141838
4Arsenal18103531201133
5Burnley189541612432
6Liverpool1787234201431
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs1894531181331
8Leicester CityLeicester187562726126
9Watford186482733-622
10Everton176472129-822
11Huddersfield TownHuddersfield186391630-1421
12Southampton184681724-718
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton184681423-918
14Crystal Palace184591528-1317
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham184591732-1517
16Bournemouth174491520-516
17Stoke CityStoke1844101939-2016
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle1843111627-1115
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom182881224-1214
20Swansea CitySwansea173311922-1312
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