Chilwell: Leicester City are here to stay among Premier League elite
Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell feels his team have what they take to be a Premier League top four side following a record-equalling 9-0 league win on Friday.
Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell has declared that the Foxes are here to hang around in the Premier League top four following their record-equalling 9-0 demolition of Southampton at St. Mary’s last Friday.
The result saw the 2015-16 league winners currently lie in third place in the English top-flight on 20 points after 10 matches, ahead of Chelsea on goal difference and 8 points behind leaders Liverpool.
Speaking to Sky Sports in the post-match interview, the 22-year-old England defender remarked, “Everyone in the league is waiting for Leicester to slip.
“It’s nice to be at the top of the table. We do really want to stay there and there is confidence in the dressing room that we can stay there.”
Chilwell scored the opening goal after 10 minutes to help Leicester towards a place in the Premier League record books. It was his first goal of the season and only the second in his career.
“I’m very happy to chip in for the team,” he told the club’s official media in a separate interview. “I get a lot of stick for not scoring many goals, especially off the gaffer, so it was nice to get a goal.
“Obviously, it’s nice to get a goal but at the end of the day there are two boys (Ayoze Pérez and Jamie Vardy) that have got hat-tricks and we’ve got a clean sheet.
“We’ve come into the game confident but no one really expected that. As the game has gone on and progressed the team mentality was to keep going and not to just sit back and be happy with three or four.
“When we came in at half-time, we wanted to progress and keep scoring more goals and show that we are a top team.”
He was pleased at how Leicester have progressed under the tutelage of Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers, who steered them to ninth place last season since his March appointment and has pushed them into the top four with a stronger mentality and game plan.
“I think if you look at last season, we played against teams with 10 men, we really struggled at times and dropped points when we should have been doing what we did on Friday,” he added.
“It was a similar sort of thing to the Newcastle game [a 5-0 win last month], we’ve showed how much we’ve come on in 12 months and to score nine goals away from home is something that won’t happen many times in your career, if ever again, so we’re going to enjoy it.”