SportHe's a wonderful striker - Rodgers hails centurion Vardy
Rodgers allays fears of long-term Vardy injury
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed that Jamie Vardy should be okay following his injury against Watford at the weekend. Vardy was taken off in the second-half after he went down off the ball near the half-way line, with medical staff treating him on the pitch. Rodgers has come out and allayed fears of a long-term injury, by claiming that he should be fine in the coming days. Leicester conceded in stoppage time to lose 2-1 to Watford in Rodgers’ first game, but Vardy had levelled the scores with a fine finish from Youri Tielemans’ through ball.
Brendan Rodgers described Jamie Vardy as a "wonderful striker" and praised his unselfishness after he passed a century of goals for Leicester City in Saturday's 3-1 Premier League win over Fulham.
On-loan Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans got the Foxes on their way with a simple finish midway through the first half after being teed up by Vardy, only for Floyd Ayite to pull the Cottagers level with their first effort on target in the 51st minute.
As the Foxes looked to be heading for a frustrating draw in Rodgers' first game at the King Power Stadium, Vardy unleashed an unstoppable drive into Sergio Rico's bottom-right corner to reach 100 goals for the club - then followed that up with another cool finish four minutes from time to wrap up all three points.
Rodgers talks Vardy, burglary, Morelos and more
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers spoke to the media ahead of his first home match as Foxes boss on Saturday when Fulham visit the King Power Stadium. Rodgers’ first game in charge ended in frustrating fashion as his side conceded a goal in added time to lose 2-1 at Watford last Sunday. The defeat all but ended Leicester’s Europa League hopes as it now leaves them still in 11th place, eight points off Wolves and Watford. During the week news emerged that the former Celtic manager’s house in Glasgow had been broken into and robbed while his wife and daughter were present.
Rodgers was fulsome in his praise of the 32-year-old - who became the seventh Leicester player to reach the landmark and first since Gary Lineker more than 30 years ago – taking time to highlight his all-round contribution.
"I care for him because he is an absolutely top-class striker," Rodgers told a media conference.
"I think the first goal we scored tells you everything because he is clean through for his 100th goal and he squares for Tielemans, who is getting into the box.
"That tells you everything about how unselfish he is and what a team player he is. I am very happy he is here because my teams always have a striker at the top who can press and understand the game.
"What has surprised me since I arrived is he is tactically very good and understands to start the press. He is a wonderful striker and scored two wonderful goals."
Leicester City 3 Fulham 1: Vardy reaches landmark in Foxes win
Floyd Ayite looked to have secured a point for Fulham but Jamie Vardy plundered a landmark goal as Leicester City triumphed at home.
Other than a 20-minute spell at the start of the second period, Leicester were comfortably the more dominant side and Rodgers says he is already starting to see his vision of fluid, attacking football starting to take shape.
"I always like the players to be within 10 to 15 metres of each other," he explained.
"When the attacking players try what I am asking them to do and it breaks down there are players close enough to then go and win the ball back and counter press the game.
"You have Jamie up there but then you have the two attacking midfield players up there and the wingers to support them.
"When you have the potential these young guys have then it can be exciting. The guys connected the game well at times. With a lot more work and ideas then that will improve."
Rodgers determined to fight to keep Chilwell.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers claims he is ready to fight to keep hold of young star Ben Chilwell, having finally got to work with a man he has wanted for years. Manchester City have recently been tipped to make a big money move to sign the 22-year old left-back, who has impressed for the Foxes since his debut in December 2016. As well as being a promising star that the club don’t want to lose, the club don’t have an abundance of options in the left-back position, with only the aging Christian Fuchs as cover.