James Maddison’s post-match interview was an absolute breath of fresh air last night. The Leicester City star has probably set new standards for how footballers should respond in post-match interviews.
The Foxes went top of the Premier League table after a 2-0 win over Frank Lampard’s Chelsea at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester took the lead early when Wilfried Ndidi shot from distance to put his side ahead on the 9th minute. Maddison then added the second with 4 minutes from half time.
The Blues fought hard in the second half as Timo Werner’s effort was ruled by VAR but the hosts managed to see out the game comfortably in the end.
James Maddison found himself in front of the camera again after the match as the Leicester midfielder took on the media duties for an interview with Sky Sports.
And quite frankly, his post-match interview was almost as good as his performance on the pitch.
Safe to say, the media are going to love the Leicester star to bits if he keeps delivering interviews like this. Maddison was careful not to rely on too many cliches, funny when required and went into a bit of detail about tactics and game-plans.
It was just lovely to see the passion pouring out of Maddison as he talked enthusiastically about something he cares about.
There’s a career in punditry waiting for him when he’s done with the football –
Here’s how Maddison’s interview with Geoff Shreeves went.
When asked about Leicester being top of the table
“Top of the Premier League, sounds nice doesn’t it? Probably for 24 hours.”
“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.”
Brendan Rodgers’ influence
“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.”
Can Leicester win the Premier League?
“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.”
“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.”