Birthday boy Gabriel Jesus sent a timely reminder of his quality in the same week Sergio Aguero’s Manchester City exit was confirmed as Pep Guardiola’s men continued their title assault with a 2-0 win at Leicester.
Mendy’s second-ever Manchester City goal just before the hour mark set City on their way, before Jesus tapped in Raheem Sterling’s ball with 16 minutes left to put the Foxes to the sword at the King Power.
Fernandinho saw an early long-range effort disallowed, with the outgoing Aguero standing in an offside position and ruled to be in the eyeline of Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Kevin De Bruyne, at his majestic best throughout, struck the crossbar with a free-kick before Leicester striker Jamie Vardy had a goal ruled out for offside just ahead of the break.
City got the opener their display deserved after 58 minutes from an unlikely source.
Schmeichel parried Mahrez’s effort and City regained control of the ball to cross for Jesus, who could not get a shot away. It fell for Mendy and he cut inside Marc Albrighton to curl the ball home smartly from 10 yards.
Leicester had no response and Jesus grabbed a second with 16 minutes left.
De Bruyne’s sumptuous through ball sent the striker clear and he passed to Raheem Sterling, who held the ball up and squared for Jesus to stab in his fifth goal in six top-flight games against the Foxes.
Former Leicester winger Mahrez should have made it 3-0 soon after but curled wide, while James Maddison shot at Ederson as the Foxes chased a late consolation.
Guardiola’s side are 17 points clear of arch nemesis Manchester United at the top, while Leicester remain third in the table.