Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes Leicester City deserve to be top of the Premier League table, and that they will not fall away as the season goes on.
Third placed City face the Foxes at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday and Pellegrini praised Claudio Ranieri’s side ahead of the game.
"Leicester are top of the table because they deserve to be. They have very important players in a very good moment with high performance," Pellegrini said, Manchester City's official website reports.
"They beat Chelsea and drew against United - we must consider they will not collapse because they lost.
"We knew it was not easy for them to beat Liverpool away so we were confident that we could reduce the gap at the top if we beat Sunderland.
"Leicester couldn't win and now we have an important game to finish the first round of fixtures."