Tuesday 28 January 2020

Rodgers believes Foxes will improve

Crystal Palace 0-2 Leicester City

Elegant: Caglar Soyuncu
Elegant: Caglar Soyuncu

Brendan Rodgers believes his high-flying Leicester City side can get even better as they mount an increasingly impressive challenge for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

Leicester followed up their 9-0 hammering of Southampton last week with a clinical 2-0 win at Crystal Palace yesterday to move back above Chelsea into third place in the table.

With 23 points from 11 games they have made a better start than they did in the 2015-16 campaign under Claudio Ranieri when they went on to claim the title. Rodgers, who replaced Claude Puel last season, has now won 12 Premier League games, behind only Liverpool's Juergen Klopp and Manchester City's Pep Guardiola in that period.

The former Liverpool and Celtic boss says there is more to come too.

"We're 11 games in and we've made a really good start," Rodgers said after his side's seventh win in their last nine league games. "And the players will get better.

"That's the nice aspect. They are hungry to learn and they have an ambition to be the best and that's a magic formula for any coach. It's a long season, but we've made a good start."

Since taking charge, Rodgers has re-ignited Jamie Vardy who notched his 10th goal of the season yesterday and appears to be playing at the level of the Premier League title season.

With James Maddison and Youri Tielemans providing the creativity and Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu a rock-like central defensive partnership, Leicester look capable of maintaining their challenge.

Soyuncu has proved to be a superb replacement for Harry Maguire, who left for Manchester United, and he opened his account for the club on Sunday by heading the first goal.

"He is getting better all the time. He has a consistent run in the team now," Rodgers said of the elegant 23-year-old Turkish player signed from Freiburg in 2018.

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