‘We came here with a plan and we absolutely nailed it’: Jamie Vardy salutes Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers for masterminding win over Tottenham that took them to second in the Premier League
- Jamie Vardy praised Brendan Rodgers’ gameplan as Leicester beat Tottenham
- Vardy was on the scoresheet in a 2-0 win as Leicester put Spurs under pressure
- Rodgers says Leicester won’t get carried away despite being second in the table
Jamie Vardy saluted Brendan Rodgers for the masterplan and his teammates for its execution as Leicester stunned Tottenham to go second in the Premier League.
‘We came here with a plan and we absolutely nailed it,’ said Vardy.
‘We wanted to get about them, didn’t want to give them too much time. We felt we could let them come up to the first third and then when they came to the half-way line we could put the press on, find space and create chances.’
Jamie Vardy praised Brendan Rodgers for Leicester’s gameplan in their win versus Tottenham
Vardy eclipsed Harry Kane, scoring his 13th goal of the season from a penalty in first half stoppage time, awarded for a foul by Serge Aurier on Wesley Fofana.
And the 33-year-old former England striker can also take credit for the second in a 2-0 away win, applying the pressure to force an own goal by Toby Alderweireld.
‘He’s one of the best strikers in the world,’ said Brendan Rodgers. ‘At what he does, there’s not too many better.
‘His strength is on the last line. There’s no ego. He puts the work in. He’s not frightened to do the dirty work. He runs, he presses. Tactically, he’s very good and he’s there in pressure moments, he puts the penalty away.
Vardy opened the scoring as Leicester secured an impressive 2-0 win to go second in the table
‘He must be horrible to play against. His movement is so clever. That’s why he hits this level. I can’t speak highly enough of him. He’s a great guy, a great professional.’
Leicester have won six out of seven away from home in the Premier League.
‘Maybe it shows we’re doing something wrong in the home games,’ quipped Vardy, who limped off at the end but confirmed it was nothing serious and he expects to be fit to face Manchester United on Boxing Day.
‘I’m getting old,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘Just a little tweak. Better to come off the risk anything. I’m absolutely fine.’
Rodgers insisted his side won’t get carried away despite being just four points off Liverpool
Leicester are second at Christmas behind champions Liverpool but, after fading at the end of last season and missing out on the Champions League, Rodgers refused to get carried away.
‘We’ve got such a long road ahead,’ said the Leicester boss. ‘We’re searching for the consistency. That’s my job, to continue working with the players. At this point, we’re in a really good place and we’ll continue to work and see where it takes us.
‘Our ambition is to continue improving. We won’t get carried away but we won’t lose our enthusiasm.’
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