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Extra-Time Talking Points: Pushing On, Immense Ndidi & Albrighton Makes His Mark

Following Sunday's 5-0 victory over Newcastle United, three Leicester City legends analysed the Club's biggest Premier League victory of all time on Monday's episode of Extra-Time.
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Speaking on the LCFC Radio show, broadcast live and for free at 6pm BST every Monday after a first team fixture, Matt Elliott, Steve Walsh and Tony Cottee were glowing in their praise of the Foxes.

After Brendan Rodgers' men rose to third with three points against the Magpies, Elliott, Walsh and Cottee highlighted some of the biggest talking points from City's seventh league outing of 2019/20...

Pre-season hopes materialise 

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Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers' men have impressed many over the early weeks of the new season.

Matt Elliott said: "It’s been a week to savour. It’s impressive stuff. The hopes were there in pre-season, but they’ve actually materialised up to now. We’ve got to be mindful that it is still early days, but being third in the league is no mean feat. You’d rather be in the mix now and hoping you can maintain that form, which I do foresee Leicester doing."

Can City now push on?

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Dennis Praet
Dennis Praet

City next go to Anfield to face leaders Liverpool on Saturday.

Tony Cottee said: "Once you’ve made a start like Leicester have made, it’s now about pushing on. We know we’ve got two fantastic teams in that league (Manchester City and Liverpool), but there are four teams who are in transitional periods, which opens up the top six, so it’s good to get points on the board as early as possible."

An 'astonishing' team unit

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Leicester City 5 Newcastle United 0
Leicester City 5 Newcastle United 0

The scoreboard at King Power Stadium at full-time on Sunday.

Steve Walsh said: "There is a contrast with the Tottenham game and the late winner was fantastic and it lit King Power Stadium up. In front of a global audience, (the Newcastle game) was broadcast in over 20 countries, and people will have been watching it thinking: 'wow'. You've got to give the whole team a real pat on the back. The whole team unit has been astonishing. The team can only get better."

The importance of scoring first

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Ricardo Pereira
Ricardo Pereira

Scoring first gave the Foxes confidence to push on for more.

Tony Cottee: "Scoring first was important. The second half was about professionalism. When you’re playing against 10 men, it can be really, really difficult at times. Sometimes they put loads of bodies behind the ball. When that second goal went in, you just felt that Leicester were going to push on, score more and deliver a performance."

'Immense' Ndidi

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Wilfred Ndidi
Wilfred Ndidi

Midfielder Wilfred Ndidi was once again in brilliant form on Sunday.

Matt Elliott said: "There were top-class performances throughout. I thought [Wilfred] Ndidi was immense; his presence and the way he was breaking everything up. Newcastle were weak, after having a go early on, but Ndidi was there recovering, breaking things up. He did the simple things right. He’s still only 22 and he’s an established Premier League player now – and a fine one as well."

Albrighton makes his mark

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Marc Albrighton
Marc Albrighton

A second half substitute, Marc Albrighton played a crucial role in helping City cement their dominance.

Steve Walsh said: "It was ruthless. When teams go down to 10 men, it's hard, but I think Leicester would still have won against 11. That first goal was important. [Marc] Albrighton came on and played a part in two of the goals and he looked the part. There was so many great performances. All round, I didn't see Newcastle scoring at all."

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