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Jamie Vardy grabs hat trick in Leicester City victory over Manchester City

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium 

JAMIE Vardy said after the 4-2 defeat of Manchester City that Leicester's goal in Saturday's Premier League match was to be "competitive".

The defending champions' slide down the table was halted by an impressive 4-2 defeat of Pep Guardiola's men - Andy King got one goal while Vardy ended his barren spell with a hat-trick.

And the England international told BT Sport afterwards: "We just wanted to make sure we were competitive today. I think we've done that."

Vardy was one of several first-team regulars rested by boss Claudio Ranieri for the Champions League match in Porto, which ended in a 5-0 defeat.

And the striker added: "Everyone we left at home would rather have travelled but we're all in it together.

"Now we're looking forward to getting back on the training pitch."

King said: "Today was about getting back to basics and doing what we do best, getting in people's faces and playing at a high tempo. Doing it against such a good team is really good.

"We know we've been better than we've shown in the last couple of weeks but it's about getting back to doing things right."

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri said his players were determined to right their recent wrongs.

The Italian explained: "Because of the last matches we have played, my players wanted to react and show a very good performance.

"In Porto we made a bad performance and the result was a shame and today we wanted to react against a big team.

"It was important to score very, very soon (early). The guys got more confident but we can only be happy until tomorrow morning. For us it was a very, very important three points.

"Champions react at the right moment...we can do something good when we are strong and a team. I hope now we can find the same level as last season.

"We can't win all our matches but we can fight in all our matches and work so hard to defend the title.

"The next matches are very important because we are in the relegation battle. I said (to the players) I need warriors and they showed me what I wanted to see."

Leicester City's Andy King (10) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring his side's second goal during the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium 

City lost for a second successive game, despite goals inside the last eight minutes from Aleksandar Kolarov and Nolito.

Boss Pep Guardiola would not criticise his team's defending after they had found themselves two goals down inside five minutes.

He said: "We defended well with these players at the beginning of the season and we played good teams at the beginning of the season so now we have to analyse the mentality of players to make a step forward. All managers need time.

"We tried until the end, always in one game there are some good things but it's difficult at this level when it's 2-0 after a few minutes."

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