Youri Tielemans

Our Mentality Was Right, Says Tielemans

Youri Tielemans believes Leicester City were fully deserving of a point in the 2-2 draw between the Foxes and Manchester United on Boxing Day.
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- Leicester City and Manchester United played out a 2-2 draw on Filbert Way on Boxing Day
- Midfielder Youri Tielemans says the Foxes were good value for a point at King Power Stadium
- The Belgium international also discusses playing football over the festive period in England
- Full focus is already on securing a positive result at Crystal Palace on Monday, he adds

City came from behind twice with Harvey Barnes hitting back after Marcus Rashford's opener, before Axel Tuanzebe's own goal levelled it again late on, following an effort from Bruno Fernandes.

Despite trailing on two occasions at King Power Stadium, Tielemans believes a draw was a fair result and praised the application of his team-mates against Ole Gunnar Solskjær's Red Devils.

"It was a good game in general," the Belgium international told LCFC TV at full-time. "I think it's a fair result. I've had a couple of chances and we've had some as well.

"I feel we [looked] a good side, especially on the ball, off the ball as well. Our counter pressing was right. Our mentality was right and we just kept on going until the end.

"That's how we got our reward with the second goal. That's what we try and do every game. I feel today we were very strong physically.

We're doing well at the moment. We have to keep going like that and putting the pressure on the top and stay there, if we can. We have to try and win our games and we'll see Monday.

Youri Tielemans LCFC TV

"We had a week to prepare that game and I feel it helped us, physically and mentally as well, to be ready."

Last season's winter period was Tielemans' first taste of Christmas football in England and, now midway through his second full season at the Club, he just wishes the Blue Army could enjoy it too.

"It's always been like that in England," he added. "I feel, especially last year, with fans, the atmosphere was amazing at this time of the year, it's very special at Christmas and on Boxing Day.

"But it's a shame they are not here to enjoy it with us. I feel we really pushed for them on the pitch and we tried to make them proud."

Crystal Palace are next up for Leicester, less than 50 hours after tackling United, in a 3pm GMT kick-off at Selhurst Park on Monday afternoon.

For Tielemans, the objective remains the same, to win, but he and his colleagues will do all they can to recover and recuperate to the best of their ability beforehand. 

"We go there to try and win the game," he explained. "That's the plan. Now, it's up to the manager to make his decisions and to put the players who are fresh and ready to play.

"But in terms of training, we'll have our preparation for the game like we usually have, but we'll be all about recovery and then we'll see what happens.

"We're doing well at the moment. We have to keep going like that and putting the pressure on the top and try to stay there, if we can. We have to try and win our games and we'll see on Monday."

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