‘I attempted to make it light-hearted’ – Maddison explains socially-distant celebration after Leicester purpose
James Maddison says he was attempting to maintain issues light-hearted as he celebrated his purpose in Leicester’s 2-0 win towards Southampton.
After opening the scoring within the first half of the Premier League encounter, the midfielder gestured to his team-mates to keep away from him and mimed handshakes with them.
Soccer gamers have been criticised for sharing hugs and handshakes in celebrations regardless of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Maddison says he needed to obey social-distancing guidelines after his purpose however felt the necessity to poke enjoyable on the scenario.
“If little issues like which are what we have to hold soccer going then so be it. We have now been instructed to cease gatherings of individuals and I attempted to make it light-hearted,” he mentioned to BT Sport.
“Footballers, we get lots of stick and it is good to place a lighter observe on it. I do not assume you will see that one particular person within the nation who desires soccer to cease.
“I hope Gareth Southgate had his masks on – it is good to have him right here. I need extra worldwide soccer, I’ve had a style.
“It was a very good Premier League recreation, tightly-contested. The 9-0 at all times will get talked about however we do not prefer it, we have to overlook about it. We took three factors off one another final season, they beat us right here.
“It is good to be second within the desk however final yr we petered off within the new yr so the following few months can be robust.”
Leicester Metropolis supervisor Brendan Rodgers praised Maddison for his creativity and hopes it lifted the temper regardless of the problem posed by coronavirus.
“[We’re] attempting to deal with it as a constructive by saying we will be inventive. As a substitute of seeing it as a damaging saying you may’t have a good time – you may, simply differently,” he mentioned.
“Soccer brings such nice pleasure to individuals. It is such a extremely, actually arduous time – off the again of Christmas. January is at all times a tricky month for individuals. If they will get some kind of reduction from a very good aggressive recreation and seeing gamers celebrating in the fitting means that is essential.”
Rodgers was delighted along with his aspect’s win, which lifts them as much as second within the desk, above Liverpool forward of their conflict with league leaders Manchester United.
“An excellent win for us. The primary 25 minutes I believed we had been socially distancing, we did not get inside two metres of them,” he mentioned.
“We had been too passive, not aggressive sufficient which wasn’t like us. However then we began to press the sport higher and it allowed us to maintain assaults extra.
“Second half we had been a lot better and may have scored greater than two targets. On the similar time we defended properly.”
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