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The Leicester of old returned in 4-2 thrashing of Manchester City

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The Leicester of last season finally turned up, and the result was demolition for the visitors.

Leicester City v Manchester City - Premier League Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images

The Leicester City of last season was back as the Foxes stunned Manchester City 4-2 at the King Power Stadium.

Coming off a 5-0 thrashing midweek and a record of one win in their last five league games, things weren't looking pretty for the home side.

Leicester grabbed the lead in the 3rd minute after Islam Slimani fed in Jamie Vardy. The striker made no mistake, slotting the ball into the corner of the net to give the Foxes the early lead, his first goal in 741 minutes.

Leicester doubled the scoring a couple minutes later. A long throw from Christian Fuchs was headed on from Robert Huth into the feet of Slimani. The Algerian tapped it back to Andy King, whose first time shot skyrocketed into the top corner of the net, to make it 2-0 in 6 minutes.

Those 2 quick-fire goals clearly rattled the visitors, as they struggled to make much of their early possession. They attempted to settle back into the half, but were immediately silenced by Vardy, who put away his second of the match to make it 3-0 in 20 minutes.

The build up to this goal was certainly reminiscent of the Leicester of old, a quick long ball foreword on the counter finding the foot of Riyad Mahrez, who took an superb touch to put the ball through to the charging Vardy, who easily rounded Claudio Bravo to make it 3-0 to the Foxes.

Mahrez nearly made it 4-0 moments later, drifting in from the right and slipping past Kolarov before forcing Bravo into a low save.

City pressed for the remainder of the half, but lacked a clinical edge, making little of their possession. They nearly pulled one back through Kolarov, who failed to head the ball into the net after a Fernando flick on off a corner.

Leicester City v Manchester City - Premier League Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images

If there's one thing Leicester struggle with, it's set pieces, yet City couldn't register a single shot on target in the first half, even with a grand total of seven corners.

Slimani nearly grabbed the fourth in first-half stoppage time, completely muffing a free header.

In all honesty, it could've been 5-0 or 6-0 to the Foxes at the break. City's defence lacked any real form of shape or discipline. Leicester looked capable of scoring with every attack, moving the ball quickly and pressing the nervy backline.

The visitors attempted to stage a fight-back in the opening 20 minutes of the second half, coming close with Zabaleta and De Bruyne having goal-bound shots blocked, while Gündogan had a shot fizz just past the post.

The Foxes managed to weather the storm and finished the game off after an absolutely dreadful back pass from John Stones was nicked out of the path of Bravo by Vardy, who slotted home his third goal of the night from a tricky angle to make it 4-0 to Leicester, Vardy's first ever hat-trick with the club.

A couple consolation goals from Kolarov and Nolito made it 4-2, and a tad nervy, but it was too little too late as the Foxes saw out the game and grabbed an unlikely victory, climbing up to 14th place in the table.

Overall it was an outstanding performance that couldn't have gone much. Despite City's incompetent defending throughout the match, the Foxes capitalized, applying constant pressure and transitioning from defence to attack at a rapid pace, a tactic that’s been under utilized in recent matches. It's a statement of a result that will hopefully lift the team out of a relegation dogfight.