Leicester City overtook first place in the Premier League after a solid 3-0 road win over Newcastle United on Saturday.
The Foxes went top of the table for the first time this season, as they now have 28 points in 13 matches. Manchester City and Arsenal both lost on Saturday, allowing Leicester to leapfrog them into first place.
Jamie Vardy gave Leicester the lead in stoppage time in the first half. Vardy has now scored in 10 consecutive Premier League matches, tying Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record. Vardy leads the scoring race with 13 goals in 13 games. Leonardo Ulloa made it 2-0 in the 62nd minute with his first league goal of the season. Shinji Okazaki replaced Ulloa in the 72nd minute, and the Japanese striker finished the scoring 11 minutes later.
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri was extremely pleased with the team’s performance at St, James’ Park.
“It’s important that we try to win every match,” Ranieri told lcfc.com after the game. “It’s not easy. We pushed a lot in the first half and in the end we scored. I want to see all the team play well. Some journalists tell me Kanté and Drinkwater, but I think all the team played well.
“We’re top of the league but it’s not important now. I want to see the horses at the end of the race. Now is not important. What’s important for us is we have 28 fewer points to achieve our goal [of 40 points]. Now we are very focused on our goal.”
Ranieri also spoke about Vardy’s record-tying goal.
“I’m very happy for his performance,” Ranieri said. “I want to say well done and thank you because when you’re a manager and have a striker that scores goals you’re very happy. It’s a great achievement and I hope he can beat it (the record) in the next match.”