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Leicester Keeping Pace At The Top

Leicester City keeps on winning games, and the 2-1 win over Watford on Saturday puts them level with Manchester City and Arsenal at the top.

The third-placed Foxes has one more game played than City and Arsenal, but the way that manager Claudio Ranieri has his team playing is nothing short of remarkable.

N’Golo Kante and Jamie Vardy scored in the win that puts Leicester on 25 points after 12 games.

“It was a difficult match,” Ranieri told lcfc.co.uk. “We knew that. Watford play good football and it was difficult for us in the first half. We were very concentrated. In the second half we pushed a lot and I think we deserved to win.

“I talked to my defenders about how important it was not to let the Watford strikers turn and to fight to close them very quickly. We did that very, very well.”

Ranieri put on Shinji Okazaki for Jeffery Schlupp at halftime to change things up, and it did pay off in the end. Kante scored in the 52nd minute to give Leicester a 1-0 lead and Vardy scored from the penalty spot to make it 2-0 in the 65th minute. The goal was Vardy’s 12th goal in 12 games.

“I changed. I put Riyad on the right and Okazaki in the middle to get close to Jamie Vardy and we started to push up and we closed very well the defenders when they tried to build the action from the back.”

Ranieri once again spoke about the positive atmosphere at the club.

“We have a very good spirit and a very good group. Jamie Vardy wanted to score and Riyad Mahrez gave the ball to him [to take the penalty]. It was good.

“You know the strikers can take their moment. Sometimes for three, four, or five matches they don’t score then suddenly they start to score. For Jamie, he started scoring from the beginning, he’s in good condition and I hope he can continue. But despite City’s lofty league position, Ranieri is remaining consistent in his targets for the season.

“We don’t change our focus. The sooner we achieve 40 points, then we can speak about other things. For now we target 40 points.”

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