James Maddison's post-match interview following Leicester City 2-0 Chelsea shows he is one of the most honest players in the Premier League.
Midfielder Maddison has become a fan favourite in recent weeks thanks to his open and honest post-match interviews.
He spoke to Geoff Shreeves at full-time and said: "Top of the Premier League, sounds nice doesn't it? Probably for 24 hours.
:speaking_head: "We looked at Chelsea and we knew they switch off sometimes from set pieces."
:speaking_head: "@Carra23 said he needs to get his numbers up if he wants to be a top player."
James Maddison speaks to Sky Sports about Leicester's win that sends them top of the Premier League. pic.twitter.com/yYjV31xHX5
- Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 19, 2021
"It's a good one psychologically because we've worked really hard and halfway through the season, to be sitting top, is a great achievement for us and one we can build on.
"But like you said, don't think you've seen a more complete team performance from us so far this season.
"Had a bit of everything, a bit of tactical nous and quality when needed.
"We work hard every time on stifling the opposition and their threats. Credit to the manager as well, we had a little switch at half-time to go to a 4-4-2 out of possession, 4-3-3 in possession still.
"Little things like that, thinking on our feet, the lads out there, we dealt with the threat out there and deserved three points."
Fantastic interview... personality on and off the pitch :clap:
- Neil Owen :blue_heart: (@NOwen27) January 19, 2021
When pressed about the 'dirty work' when playing for Leicester, Maddison replied: "You don't play for Brendan Rodgers if you don't do the dirty work, it's as simple as that.
"He always reiterates that it's a running game. You can't have passengers, you can't carry anyone in this league. A team like we are, we need to stay together.
"If we want to stay up there for the longevity of the season, there might be teams who can spend more than us, but that team spirit at Leicester City is all to see."
Maddison was then asked if Leicester can emulate their historic Premier League title win of 2016.
Refusing to get carried away, he replied: "I'm going to have to be boring here with my answer because you can get sidetracked. We're top of the table right now because we don't think that way.
"I'm sorry I have to say it Geoff, but the most important game is the next game. Last week it was Southampton, this week it was Chelsea and now it's Brentford in the FA Cup.
Here is James Maddison, proving that it is possible for a footballer to give an interesting and insightful interview without having to be controversial or edgy. I wish more players were like this because I could listen to him all day tbh
- The Senate (@OficialCLtweets) January 19, 2021
James Maddison gives a really good post-match interview, doesn't he?
- Josh (@JoshLawless_) January 19, 2021
"As cliché as it is, that's how we've got to work and that's why we're top of the table. We have that mentality.
"That's where we want to be, we're not up there by fluke. People might talk about the Uniteds, Liverpools, Tottenhams or whatever.
"Let them talk, we'll do our business in the background. Come the end of the season, hopefully we have a chance of being right up there.
When asked how it feels being top, the 24-year-old beamed: "Brilliant!
"I'll probably go and check the table when I go in there."
Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports
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