Ranieri upbeat after first win

New Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri was elated after he saw side beat a lacklustre Sunderland 4-2 in their opening fixture of the Premier league campaign.

The Foxes started brightly, with Jamie Vardy's early goal and a Riyad Mahrez brace in the first 30 minutes giving them a strong lead at half-time.

Jermain Defoe and Steven Fletcher struck for the Black Cats in the second half, but Marc Albrighton added a fourth for Leicester as Ranieri celebrated an impressive return to English football.

"It was outstanding," the former Chelsea boss told Sky Sports. "We created a lot of chances, the players were very compact and I am very pleased with the performance.

"It's one thing to think about what the players can do but it is very satisfying to watch them understand everything. All the players played as a team, which is what I asked of them.

"When I signed for Leicester I wanted this start because it is important for everyone. The supporters were very warm, it was fantastic and I am very happy."

The experienced coach, who joined the Foxes after an ill-fated spell with the Greek national team, admits that there is still work to be done despite the flying start to their second season back in the top flight.

"We made some mistakes too, but now we can work with more confidence, which is important," he added. "Some bad moments will arrive but now it is important to see what we did well and what we didn't do well and look forward."