Leicester won’t get carried away with Spurs victory – Rodgers


Leicester won't get carried away with Spurs victory - Rodgers
Soccer Football - Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain - December 20, 2020 Leicester City's Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring their first goal Pool via REUTERS/Andy Rain

In Summary

  • While Leicester sit four points behind the league leaders, former pacesetters Tottenham - removed from top spot in defeat by Liverpool on Wednesday - find themselves fifth after Sunday's matches, six points adrift of the lead.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers insists his side “won’t get carried away” after they overcame top-four rivals Tottenham to climb to second in the Premier League.

In a hard-fought battle between the sides starting the day third and fourth in the table, Spurs one point above the visitors, it was the latter who established themselves as champions Liverpool’s closest challengers courtesy of Jamie Vardy’s penalty and a Toby Alderweireld own goal.

While Leicester sit four points behind the league leaders, former pacesetters Tottenham – removed from top spot in defeat by Liverpool on Wednesday – find themselves fifth after Sunday’s matches, six points adrift of the lead.

“The players have done great. A European campaign, lots of injuries, but they have kept the enthusiasm, spirit and quality, so it is a very pleasing opening third of the season,” said Rodgers.

On his side’s position, he added: “The ambition is to continue improving. We won’t get carried away, there is a lot of development to take place in our young players.

“We will see. It has been a really good start, I am satisfied with where we are at, knowing there are improvements to make.”

Vardy confidently dispatched his spot-kick in the fourth minute of first-half injury time, after referee Craig Pawson was advised to review Serge Aurier’s needless shove on Wesley Fofana via the pitchside monitor.

A VAR review for offside disallowed James Maddison’s well-taken finish three minutes after the restart, but Vardy’s header from Marc Albrighton’s excellent cross deflected in off Alderweireld to double Leicester’s advantage after 59 minutes.

Vardy’s opener arrived at the end of a closely contested opening 45 minutes, during which Spurs captain Harry Kane’s saved free-kick in the 34th minute and Foxes midfielder Maddison’s deflected shot from distance were the only other attempts on target.

Son Heung-min was denied at close range by Kasper Schmeichel as Jose Mourinho’s disappointing hosts were left frustrated in search of a response, while Leicester went close to a late third through Youri Tielemans.

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