Newcastle boss McClaren showers praise on Leicester

Leicester City beat Newcastle United 3-0 at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren has said that Leicester City put in the best performance of any opponent the Magpies have faced this season as they ran out 3-0 winners, the BBC reports.

Claudio Ranieri’s men have made a brilliant start the season, shocking most as many had tipped them for relegation following a rather controversial string of events over the summer.

The Foxes have seemingly just worked hard, stuck to their principles under Ranieri and displayed a no-fear attitude as they take the game to their opponents and score an abundance of goals.

Leicester attacked Newcastle from the off on Saturday and Jamie Vardy’s opener just before half-time almost seemed inevitable considering the form the striker is in at present.

Two more goals from Leonardo Ulloa and summer signing Shinji Okazaki completed the rout, prompting McClaren to hold his hands up and shower praise on his opponents.

“I can give nothing but praise to Leicester,” McClaren admitted, as reported by the BBC. “That is as good a team performance against us.

"They were hardworking, pressed and we couldn’t handle the intensity. On the counter, they are very quick and sharp.”

Following Leicester’s victory and defeats for Manchester City and Arsenal, amazingly the East Midlands outfit now lead the table after 13 matches – a scenario which is almost impossible to imagine.

While winning the Premier League title is ultimately a little farfetched, Leicester are momentarily seven points clear of fifth and a top four challenge is most definitely plausible.

Their results have shown they have what it takes to compete at the top, while in Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez they have two players capable of causing so much damage in the final third.

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