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Claudio Ranieri’s return to Leicester was a disappointing one as he fell to one of the high scoring football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. The former boss that led them to the Premier League title in 2016 was given a hero’s welcome before the game. James Madison gave the hosts the lead in the 16th minute after some horrible defending but Josh King equalized from the penalty spot. Jamie Vardy broke the deadlock scoring twice in the space of eight minutes. Emmanuel Dennis pulled one back on the hour back for the visitors but Ademola Lookman put the game to bed with a fourth in the 68th minute.

Player ratings

Leicester: Schmeichel (7), Castagne (5), Evans (6), Soyuncu (6), Thomas(6), Ndidi (5), Soumare (7), Barnes (7), Maddison (8), Lookman (7), Vardy (8).
Subs: Albrighton (n/a), Dewsbury-Hall (n/a)

Watford: Bachmann (7), Femenia (7), Cathcart (6), Ekong (5), Masina (6), Louza (5), Sissoko (7), Cleverley (5), Dennis (7), King (6), Hernandez (7).
Subs: Pedro (6), Tufan (6), Fletcher (5).

Man of the match: James Maddison.

Managers Reaction 

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers: “It was great, you can see Maddison’s quality, he was a real inspiration for us.” he added. “We always have a point to prove every single day. For him it was looking at his game, he knows this is a game and a level where you are always looking to prove yourself. You can never be calm with that, you always have to be intense.”

Watford boss Claudio Ranieri: “The reception was fantastic, I want to say thank you to all the fans, Leicester and Watford fans. They came here on this very difficult day and I want to say thank you because I hope they are proud of us.”

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