Brendan Rodgers pays tribute to ‘inspiration’ for Leicester after confidence returns

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Brendan Rodgers described James Maddison as a “real inspiration” after his crucial role in helping Leicester City beat Watford 4-2 on Sunday.

Leicester earned their first Premier League victory in over a month by beating Watford at King Power Stadium during a blizzard. Maddison was influential, scoring the opening goal before it set up, which Jamie Vardy scored before the break to restore their lead after Josh King equalized from the penalty spot.

Despite Emmanuel Dennis retiring for Watford in the second half, Leicester regained their two-goal cushion as Ademola Lookman scored their fourth in the 68th minute.

The foundation was put in place by Maddison, who now has five goal contributions from his last two games. Prior to the Watford match, he had not yet registered an assist in this Premier League season.

But the playmaker was back at his best on Sunday and Rodgers was thrilled that was the case.

The manager said, “It was amazing. You can see his quality. He was a real inspiration to us.

“We always have a point to prove every single day. For him, it was looking at his game. He knows this is a game and a level where you always seek to prove yourself. You can never be calm about that. , one must always be intense.

“You see the work, not only with him, but the confidence returns to the team. It’s not about one player; it’s about the team. But he was excellent today.”

Overall, Rodgers was impressed with the entire team’s performance against a Watford team that could have given them problems.

The Northern Irishman added: “It was a really good performance. We were a real threat going forward.

“We played against a dangerous team. They scored five at Everton, four in their last game against Manchester United. Those are important three points.”

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Ranieri positive despite defeat to Brendan Rodgers’ side

The game marked Claudio Ranieri’s return to King Power Stadium, the architect behind Leicester’s famous Premier League title triumph in 2016.

Ranieri received a warm welcome back from Leicester fans but could not bore them with a Watford victory.

However, he feels that his current side has shown himself well despite the defeat on an emotionally charged occasion.

Ranieri said: “The reception was fantastic. I want to say thank you to all the fans, Leicester and Watford fans. They came here on this very difficult day and I want to say thank you because I hope they are proud of us.

“We fought to the last. We created more chances than Leicester, but they scored and we did not. I am positive because it is important that the team tries to create chances.

– We conceded four goals so we can do much better. But they won the battle because they were more aggressive and more determined than us.

“It was Christmas Day conditions. It was not the pitch; we lost because we made mistakes and Leicester scored the chances they had.”

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