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Leicester Stays Top With Win Over Everton

Leicester City will be celebrating Christmas as Premier League leaders after beating Everton 3-2 on the road at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Riyad Mahrez scored from the penalty spot twice, and Shinji Okazaki added the third goal to secure the three points. Manager Claudio Ranieri was delighted with the win.

“I’m so pleased because after 30 years, Leicester have won at Goodison Park,” Ranieri told lcfc.co.uk after the win. “It was a difficult match – very difficult because Everton are a very good team, but our performance was magnificent because we worked so hard during the whole match. I’m very pleased with our players.

“In the first half, maybe we were a little nervous when we had the ball. It wasn’t easy, but in the second half we played much better.

“I said to continue to play in the same way [in the second half], but to be a little more calm and play football on the floor because we made too many long passes and it was difficult for Vardy and Okazaki to retrieve the ball.

“I’m very pleased because our performance was fantastic. Everton have very good players and a good manager. They move the ball so quickly and they wanted to create the space. We closed all the space and Kasper [Schmeichel] made just one or two saves – one of which was very good.”

Leicester will be traveling back to Liverpool soon as the Foxes takes on Liverpool on Boxing Day at Anfield.

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