James Maddison

We’ll Treat Every Game The Same, Says Maddison

James Maddison says Leicester City will approach all 12 of their remaining Premier League fixtures in 2019/20 in the same confident manner as his side prepare to face Manchester City this weekend.
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- Leicester City will seek to accumulate as many Premier League points as possible during their final 12 matches, says James Maddison
- The Foxes entertain Manchester City at King Power Stadium on Saturday night (5:30pm kick-off)
- Maddison pointed to their positive training sessions at Belvoir Drive this week as a source of confidence for Leicester
- Live coverage of the game begins on LCFC Radio at 2:30pm on matchday

The reigning Premier League champions visit King Power Stadium for a Saturday evening kick-off as City seek to close the four-point gap heading into what Maddison believes is a crucial period for every team in England’s top flight.

The No.10, who has already surpassed his goalscoring record from last season with nine strikes in all competitions this term, says every point will be ‘massive’ for Leicester – starting with those on offer against Pep Guardiola’s side.

Maddison said: “We’ve just got to win as many games as possible. Unlike last year, this year, I think we’ve shown we can beat the teams on paper that the experts say we should beat, and we’ve also taken points against big teams as well, the so called ‘top six’.

“We’ve got a good balance of games going into the end of the season, starting on Saturday, and we’ll treat the Man City game just like we’ll treat the Norwich game next Friday. It’s about, especially at this time of the season, accumulating as many points as possible.

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“We know you don’t get extra points because it’s the business end of the season, but then now is when it matters, and that’s why they call it the ‘business end’, because this is when pressure gets put on games.

“At the start of the season, you can play without pressure because you’ve got so many games left, but there’s only 12 now for every team, so whether teams are fighting relegation, fighting for the title, fighting for the Champions League or fighting for Europe, every point is massive now.

“That’s why I think the point at Wolves last week, especially when we went down to 10 men, it was a fantastic point and come the end of the season, it’s the little points that you pick up here and there will be very important for us.”

Entering Saturday’s match with confidence and belief, Maddison wants City to learn from their most recent meeting with the Manchester outfit, who he believes are one of the most fearsome sides in world football.

At the start of the season, you can play without pressure because you’ve got so many games left, but there’s only 12 now for every team, so whether teams are fighting relegation, fighting for the title, fighting for the Champions League or fighting for Europe, every point is massive now.

James Maddison

“We’ve had a very good session today,” he added. “The lads look sharp and obviously we played [Man] City not too long ago. I think it was maybe back in December that we played them, and they were very, very good on the day.

“We don’t want to feel that again, especially towards the end where we were almost chasing shadows at one point.

“But listen, they’re one of the best teams in the world. They won the treble last year, so it’s not very often teams win three domestic trophies in one year.

“We’re not naïve enough to think we can just go and attack and we’ll win the game at home because they have such big threats.

“Watching last night (a 2-0 win vs. West Ham United on Wednesday) they’re in good form. We know we’re in for a tough game, but we’ll be ready. We’ve looked good in training.”

All times GMT.

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