English Premiership

Rodgers enjoying Leicester's low-key title challenge

2019-12-09 14:24
Brendan Rodgers and Caglar Soyuncu
Brendan Rodgers and Caglar Soyuncu (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers insists he enjoys the fact that his charges are flying under the radar in the Premier League title race.

Jamie Vardy scored twice to inspire the Foxes to a 4-1 victory to set a new club record of eight straight top-flight wins.

Kelechi Iheanacho and Jonny Evans also netted as Leicester closed the gap on Premier League leaders, Liverpool, to eight points.

They are second in the table six points clear of Manchester City, yet everyone, including the bookies, suggests that Pep Guardiola's men are still the main threat to Liverpool.

City are 14 points behind and look like losing more, while Leicester are bang in form and do not look like losing. However, Rodgers is not losing any sleep and is relaxed about Leicester's place among the leaders.

"It's just natural, Man City and Liverpool are both incredible teams," he said. "We know we are looking to improve and close the gap. We have finished ninth in the last two seasons but today we looked like a top team.

"It was a real historic day, to surpass the club record of straight wins in the top flight was fantastic for us."

Vardy, the Premier League's top scorer with 16 goals, has netted 25 times since Rodgers' first game in March, eight more than any other player in the top flight.

He has now struck in eight consecutive outings, three away from equalling his own Premier League record.

Vardy opened the scoring after 21 minutes and Iheanacho doubled the lead four minutes before the break.

Jack Grealish pulled a goal back in first-half stoppage time but Evans' header soon restored Leicester's two-goal advantage.

Vardy wrapped the game up with 15 minutes left while James Maddison had earlier hit the post and Tom Heaton kept the score down with saves from Caglar Soyuncu and Harvey Barnes.

- TeamTalk Media

 

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