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Leicester 0-2 Man City: Cruise control

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Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus led Manchester City to an easy 2-0 win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

The Premier League leaders have 34 points through 12 matches and lead second place Chelsea by nine points.

Leicester sits 12th with 13 points.

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Claude Puel and Leicester City thought a man advantage was headed their way in the third minute when Vincent Kompany chopped down an on-goal Jamie Vardy, but only a yellow was shown to the Belgian center back.

More bad center back news came when John Stones pulled up with a hamstring injury. He was replaced by Eliaquim Mangala.

Positivity came via a terrific team goal to make it 1-0, as Leicester couldn’t get to the break unscathed by Man City. The 45th minute saw De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling move the ball through traffic for David Silva, who slid across for Jesus.

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Oh, did Leicester nearly equalize, and were punished for not doing so.

Jamie Vardy’s header was punched clear by Ederson, and a rebound was pushed off the bar.

That when Man City countered with lightning precision. De Bruyne cued up a long diagonal for Leroy Sane, then ran to the top of the arc to recollect it, belting a shot past a flying Kasper Schmeichel.

Jesus almost had it 3-0 on a rebound moments later.

Sterling made a terrific rondo-esque pass through three defenders then darted forward to finish a 1-2 with Silva that Schmeichel punched out for a corner.

VIDEO: Merciless KDB strike puts Man City up two

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Merciless in multiple ways, might we add.

Moments after Leicester City saw Ederson save a Jamie Vardy header and a follow-up hit the post, Man City showed Leicester it can counter pretty effectively.

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Kevin De Bruyne led the charge with a diagonal ball to the corner, and Leroy Sane held up play as the Belgian worked his way toward the top of the arc.

That’s when the ball came back to KDB and, well, ka-boom.

Puel, Vardy impressed with convincing defeat of Everton

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Leicester City looked pretty darn good on Sunday.

Part of that could be down to the visitors, as Everton continues to look rudderless even after firing Ronald Koeman.

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But Leicester has a new boss of its own in former Southampton leader Claude Puel, and match-winner Jamie Vardy explained what’s changed since the firing of Craig Shakespeare.

Turns out not too much. From the BBC:

“The gaffer’s come in this week. He said this week he didn’t want to change too much – just tactical tweaks.”

“We hit them on the counter for the first goal. Gray got on the ball and split them open. We showed we are capable of defending a lead. The main thing is we got three points.”

Gray refers to Demarai, who was also credited for a goal when Jonjoe Kenny flubbed a clearing attempt of his cross into the Everton goal.

As for Puel, his verdict was glowing after meeting his new backers at the King Power Stadium.

“I was impressed with my players. It was a very good first half and there were good combinations between the players for the first goal.”

“I saw a team with a good attitude and good structure and solidarity. I want to say thanks to our fantastic fans for their warm welcome. It was a day that was perfect but it’s just the beginning I hope of something.”

It’s a fine start, that’s for sure. The Foxes are now 11th ahead of a visit from Stoke City next week.

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Leicester City 2-0 Everton: Puel wins debut

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  • Puel wins first PL start
  • Gray boasts MOTM performance
  • Vardy scores

Jamie Vardy‘s counter attack goal led the way as new Leicester City boss Claude Puel oversaw a 2-0 win in his debut at King Power Stadium on Sunday.

Demarai Gray also scored with big help from Everton’s Jonjoe Kenny as Leicester rose 11th with 12 points, keeping Everton in the drop zone on goal differential.

Everton caretaker boss David Unsworth kept Gylfi Sigurdsson and Morgan Schneiderlin out of the Starting XI, only using the Icelandic star as a 74th minute substitute.

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Leicester won an early corner, and another when Ashley Williams blocked Wes Morgan‘s back post effort.

Demarai Gray then cut back from the end line for Ben Chilwell inside the 18, but a difficult shot couldn’t be kept under the bar.

The Foxes deservedly went ahead with a goal hearkening back to the glory days of 2016-17. Puel watched his new charges counter a free kick through Gray, who cued up a classic Riyad Mahrez to Vardy connection. 1-0, 19′.

Vardy mishit an effort to return the favor three minutes later, and Everton nearly found an equalizer when Wayne Rooney and Aaron Lennon cued up a chance that Dominic Calvert-Lewin flubbed.

Jonjoe Kenny helped make it 2-0 when he making a mess of Gray’s cross to defy the reach of Jordan Pickford. For some reason, it was not ruled an own goal.

The Toffees were denied a sure penalty when Christian Fuchs chopped down Lennon inside the 18, but no call came from Andre Marriner nor his linesman.

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Rooney should’ve had a second assist when his delightful ball found Oumar Niasse, but a poor touch helped Kasper Schmeichel collect.

Calvert-Lewin produced an inviting ball in the 65th minute, but Wes Morgan popped it over his own bar.

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Claude Puel appointed new Leicester City boss

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Claude Puel is back in the game.

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Leicester City appointed the former Southampton manager on Wednesday, with the Foxes giving the Frenchman a second chance to shine in the Premier League.

It’s safe to say his appointment hasn’t been met with widespread euphoria from Leicester’s fans but the last time they felt underwhelmed by a managerial appointment (ahem, Claudio Ranieri) it worked out pretty well for them…

Puel — who has signed a contract until 2020 — replaces Craig Shakespeare who was fired last week after just eight games in charge of the Foxes on a permanent basis, with assistant coach Michael Appleton stepping in as caretaker but Appleton will now become Puel’s assistant.

Speaking about his appointment, Puel was delighted to take charge of the 2015-16 Premier League champions.

“It’s a great privilege to become the new manager of Leicester City – a club whose values and ambitions are closely aligned to my own. The opportunity to help the Club build on its remarkable recent achievements is a truly exciting one and I’m looking forward to working with the owners, players, staff and supporters to deliver further lasting success.”

Leicester City’s vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha described Puel as a “perfect fit” for the club and lauded his “attention to detail, knowledge of our squad, understanding of our potential and his vision to help us realize it.”

In his only previous campaign in English soccer, last season Puel, 56, led Saints to an eighth place finish in the Premier League and the League Cup final, plus within one goal of reaching the UEFA Europa League knockout rounds.

However, the former Monaco, Lille, Lyon and Nice manager was fired at the end of last season following a run of five home games without scoring as Southampton’s fans lambasted the team for a bland style of play and a lack of goals.

In his homeland Puel won the French title with Monaco, plus led Lille and Lyon in the UEFA Champions League, with the latter reaching the semifinals. He has also been responsible for giving many young players a chance to shine with Eden Hazard, Hugo Lloris and Alexandre Lacazette all given their chance by the former Monaco midfielder.

With the Foxes in the quarterfinals of the League Cup, plus grabbing a win at Swansea City last weekend under Appleton’s guidance, their situation is looking pretty healthy right now and Puel won’t need time to adjust to a new league and country this time around.

Let’s see if Puel can reignite Leicester and get Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and Co. firing on all cylinders.