"Probably got lucky" | Rodgers jokes after his side's win over Leeds

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

10:00 3 Nov 2020

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Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers says he probably doesn't get the same credit as other managers in the Premier League because he's a British manager.

The Foxes are one point behind Premier League leaders Liverpool after winning their fourth consecutive away game in the top-flight this season.

Leicester won away to West Brom on the opening weekend and have since beaten Manchester City, Arsenal and Leeds on their travels.

The Antrim native has got the better of Pep Guardiola, Mikel Arteta and Marcelo Bielsa in recent weeks and couldn't resist a little dig at some of the praise given to non-British managers.

"Because I'm a British manager, I got lucky, that's the way it works in these games," Rodgers joked after the win over Leeds.

"The players were tactically very good in the game.

"It’s the type of performance you need to be a team like Leeds. They have shown what a really good attacking team they are.

"But as I said before the game, you also know there will be space and if you have quality, you can create chances.

"Defensively, we were very good in blocking the spaces and getting tight.

"The goal we conceded was poor, but in some ways it will help us going forward as we had to show that resilience."

One of the most impressive aspects of the win at Elland Road was how it was done without several first-team defenders.

Jonny Evans, Caglar Soyuncu, Daniel Amartey, Ricardo Pereira, and Timothy Castagne were all unavailable so Rodgers used a back-three of James Justin, Wesley Fofana, and Christian Fuchs.

Marc Albrighton and Luke Thomas played in the wing-back roles, illustrating once again that Leicester recruited well in the summer and were able to hold onto most of their best players.

James Maddison wasn't deemed fit enough to start but showed his quality when he came off the bench, playing a major role in the third Leicester goal.

Leicester have a home game against Braga in the Europa League on Thursday night and then face Wolves in the league on Sunday before the international break.

Rodgers and co could be sitting pretty at the top of the league by the time Manchester City and Liverpool kick-off on Sunday afternoon.

The 2015/16 champions travel to Liverpool after the international break when Rodgers will get a chance to become the first opposition manager to win a league game at Anfield since April 2017.

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