It was a memorable day for Leicester City.
The Foxes maintained their 100% Premier League record so far this season with a result and scoreline not many people would have predicted.
City came from behind to send shockwaves through the league with a 5-2 victory over Man City at the Etihad Stadium.
Jamie Vardy got his second hat-trick against City, two of the goals coming from the spot and the other an audacious flick beyond Ederson.
James Maddison and Youri Tielemans joined the striker on the scoresheet to take Leicester back to the top of the Premier League.
The former found the top corner just minutes after entering the field of play, with Tielemans converting City’s third penalty of the match.
So, what did the national media make of the game? Here is a selection of what they had to say.
“Even when he felt his right adductor tighten, Jamie Vardy did not want to leave the field. He was having too much fun scything his way through Manchester City’s porous defence, winning penalties and plundering a hat-trick,” wrote Henry Winter.
“He was relishing how Brendan Rodgers’s 5-4-1 game plan suckered Pep Guardiola’s side, drawing them in and punishing them on the counter. Vardy eventually retreated to the stands, soon holding a bag of ice to his right groin. He’d already iced City.
“His departure, while reluctant, was a sensible precaution. He was loving the impact of Timothy Castagne, one of the signings of the season at £25 million from Atalanta, raiding down the right, and setting up Vardy for one of his finest goals, an outrageous flick.
“It was this goal, bookending his two penalties, that captured the joy of Vardy. The build-up was slick and quick, Castagne slipping the ball inside from the right to Youri Tielemans, then racing down the inside-right channel knowing his fellow-Belgian would find him. As he ran, Castagane looked up, saw Vardy hurtling towards the near post, and delivered the perfect cutback. Vardy lifted his left foot, allowing the ball to hit his right heel and fly past Ederson.”
“It is hard to remember when City were so outthought and outclassed. The absence of Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesus was particularly expensive, yet nothing should detract from Leicester’s display, and Rodgers’s game plan.”
“For Leicester it is now three wins from three league games, their best ever start to a league campaign, as they went to the top of the table but this was by far their most impressive performance and not least because they fell behind and, for 20 minutes, looked like they were going to be overwhelmed,” wrote Jason Burt.
“Instead Vardy scored two penalties which sandwiched a quite sumptuous goal that had given Leicester the lead. James Maddison, coming off the bench, claimed a fine strike and the rout was completed by the sublime Youri Tielemans with another spot-kick once Vardy had already been substituted.
“Vardy’s two penalties were taken with aplomb – one high to Ederson’s right, the other low to the goalkeeper’s left – after he had earned them both with his intelligent running which exploited the woeful vulnerability of City’s defence with new £41 million signing Nathan Ake partnership Garcia and both full-backs, Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy, appearing liabilities.”
The Daily Mail
“Credit to Leicester, though, who arrived with a gameplan and stuck to it, even when Riyad Mahrez’s goal inside four minutes appeared to change the menu. A lesser team, maybe a lesser coach, might have panicked at that point,” wrote Martin Samuel.
“To his credit, Brendan Rodgers remained calm and kept to his strategy. He has a gameplan against City, and it has served him well to here, albeit in a limited fashion.
“Coming into this game, he had never taken a point off them as Leicester manager, but he had been close. It took a wonder goal from Vincent Kompany to win here in 2019, Leicester took the lead before losing the following season, and only a goal from Gabriel Jesus on 80 minutes separated them the third time Rodgers’ Leicester and Guardiola met last December.”
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“This was a scintillating exhibition of why Jamie Vardy is so dangerous,” wrote Jamie Jackson.
“His was a hat-trick that made Manchester City appear half-paced and meant Leicester handed their hosts a defeat in their opening top-flight home league game of the season for the first time in 31 years.
“Vardy’s treble – scoring penalties in the 37th and 58th minutes plus a sweet backheeled finish in-between – meant that before the hour the Foxes were cruising, a memorable win completed by James Maddison’s 20-yard curler and Youri Tielemans’s penalty, the last coming after Vardy had been replaced. The victory takes Leicester top of the table.