‘We knew Chelsea switch off on set pieces’ – Maddison reveals Leicester’s plan to target ailing Blues

James Maddison Leicester City 2020-21

James Maddison says Leicester knew they could exploit Chelsea’s weakness from set pieces after the Foxes went top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Frank Lampard’s side.

Maddison scored the second goal himself, taking his tally for the season to seven and heaping the pressure on Lampard.

Chelsea are now eighth in the table, with several teams above them still having games in hand.

“We worked on it,” Maddison told Sky Sports of the opening goal. “We looked at Chelsea with little short corners and being creative.

“We saw they switch off sometimes from set pieces and we knew that was something we could pick on.

“We haven’t scored enough goals from set pieces. I’m pulling my hair out sometimes as the corner taker! You look at the stats that come up, it says ‘goals scored from set pieces, Leicester City bottom of the table’, so it’s really nice to see one come off. A bit of a relief, actually!”

Maddison was happy to enjoy the moment as Leicester went top of the league ahead of Manchester City’s game with Aston Villa on Wednesday.

“Sounds nice to say we’re top of the league – probably for about 24 hours but it’s a good one psychologically because we’ve worked really hard,” he said.

“It’s a great achievement for us and I don’t think you’ll see a better team performance from us this season. It had a bit of everything, bit of tactical nous, I thought we were brilliant today.

“Credit to the manager as well – we switched to a 4-4-2 out of possession at half-time and just little things like that helped and we deserved the three points.

Source : goal.com