Leicester in rapture as Black Cats suffer
Leicester City 4-2 Sunderland
Claudio Ranieri insisted Leicester must move on from his dream debut as he plots the Foxes' future.
Riyad Mahrez's double and goals from Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton sealed a comfortable win for the Foxes in Ranieri's first game in charge. The Foxes were 3-0 up inside the first 25 minutes as they clinically brushed aside their woeful visitors. Leicester picked up from where they left off after winning seven of their last nine games to stay in the Premier League.
It marked Ranieri's first game in the top flight since leaving Chelsea in 2004, but the Italian will not dwell on it
"I've already forgotten what happened today, I am looking for a new team, a new squad and I am thinking 'Saturday - West Ham'," said Ranieri.
"I told the players, 'you finished very well last season', and I wanted to see them restart at the same level, the performance was very good. The first half was outstanding, the second half was normal. It's OK, we made mistakes - but when you win you are more confident."
Second-half goals from Jermain Defoe and Steven Fletcher saved the Black Cats from embarrassment, but they were beaten by half time, with Leicester rampant. They improved after the break, but boss Dick Advocaat admitted he feared for his side.
"It's not only the result which scares me a bit, but the way we played, especially in the first half," said Advocaat. "The first cross was a goal, the second cross was 2-0 and for the third goal the left-back was sleeping. So then it was 3-0 and they were sharper and better. But hopefully we'll learn from this. And hopefully next week we can do better than today."
Sunday Indo Sport