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Leicester on track as Shinji Okazaki shines in win over Crystal Palace

This was more like the stuff of champions. Claudio Ranieri said he did not recognise his team when they folded at Chelsea last Saturday but his players reintroduced themselves to him with style here. “This was our best performance of the season,” said the impressed Ranieri, who revealed that he had demanded that his players deliver a performance to kickstart their domestic campaign. “I said maybe this would be the basement of our Premier League season, so it was important to win. We won, we played well and the only thing I didn’t like was that Crystal Palace scored but I have to recognise that they deserved that.”

Yes, Palace did deserve that because they contributed a lot to a vibrant contest. But even Alan Pardew did not dispute that the outcome was correct and Leicester look back on song. “I saw their game against Chelsea and they didn’t have the same verve and aggression that they had here,” said Pardew. “We weren’t far from our best but they were good. I think most teams are going to find it difficult here.”

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