Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers Lauds ‘Incredible’ City

Leicester City capitalised on their one-man advantage over Southampton in incredible fashion, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.
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- Brendan Rodgers heaped praise on Leicester City for their performance against Southampton on Friday
- The Foxes won 9-0 to set a new record for a Premier League triumph away from home
- Ayoze Pérez and Jamie Vardy both hit hat-tricks in the victory

The Northern Irishman’s side set a new record for the biggest-ever Premier League away win as they secured a stunning 9-0 victory over the 10-man Saints at St. Mary’s Stadium on Friday.

Hat-tricks from Ayoze Pérez and Jamie Vardy, and further strikes from Ben Chilwell, Youri Tielemans and James Maddison sent the Foxes up to second in the Premier League standings.

“[It was] a brilliant performance,” the manager told LCFC TV. “We obviously started the game very well, went in front, and they obviously had the man sent off, but how we worked that, in terms of how to play… we speak about that, in terms of strategy.

“If we ever go down to 10 men, how the game looks and how it works, and we’ve seen that away at Burnley at the end of last season and then we’ve had it twice now this season and we’ve capitalised on it very well.

“It’s a mentality to playing against 10 men, but also it’s a tactical idea and the players performed and executed that to a really, really high level.

“We looked a very good side, [a] very composed side tonight, and a very exciting team. To score nine goals in a Premier League game is incredible.”

Rodgers was thrilled with the input of every member of the City squad, not least Pérez, who scored his first goals in Leicester colours by netting a treble against Southampton on the south coast.

Rodgers added: “I think it was absolutely brilliant for Ayo (Ayoze Pérez) to get his first goals and to score a hat-trick… obviously Jamie [Vardy] got a hat-trick as well, but the contribution of the whole team… collectively, how they managed the game, and the speed in the game was very good.

It’s a great testament to the work of the players and how they have been working, so it’s an unbelievable scoreline.

Brendan Rodgers LCFC TV

“Of course, you can lose your concentration in games like that, and we gave them virtually no chances and defended very, very strongly as well.

“It’s a great testament to the work of the players and how they have been working, so it’s an unbelievable scoreline.

“The supporters will drive home on a couple-hour journey and probably can’t believe it, but the team have played ever so well, and it was a very, very, very, very good performance and we now move on to our next game.”

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