Christian Fuchs is pleased with his impact at Leicester City while also heaping praise on manager Brendan Rodgers and teammate Jamie Vardy.
Christian Fuchs is relishing his role for Leicester City this term and has heaped praise on manager Brendan Rodgers.
The defender had to settle for a second-fiddle role after losing his place to Ben Chilwell last season. He made only eight starts for the Foxes.
With Chilwell departing for Chelsea over the summer, Fuchs now has a regular run in the Leicester lineup and has featured well in defence this season.
The Foxes are currently top of the Premier League standings after eight games and the defender took the opportunity to praise manager Brendan Rodgers.
“A lot of good things going on, obviously.” Fuchs said in an interview with talkSPORT.
“Brendan Rodgers found a good way to compensate with all the injuries we had and it’s simply down to the very good work we do overall.”
“It’s about communication. As soon as he came in, he made me understand what my role is and I knew that I’m not the oldest yet but I’m not the youngest and it was the time for Ben Chilwell.”
“He told me ‘you will be my back up if needed and I know I can rely on you”.
“I love Leicester City. I went through the highest highs and the lowest lows and have really connected with the club.”
“I’m always here whenever I’m needed and whatever I’m needed for. He knows that and appreciates that.”
Fuchs was part of the Leicester City team that won the Premier League under Claudio Ranieri back in 2016. With Rodgers, Leicester have also become challengers and went awfully close to securing a Champions League spot last term.
Asked about how the two managers compare, Fuchs said: “It’s hard to compare. What both did or are doing well is the man management part. These days it’s one of the most important parts to understand your players.
“That you understand your players’ personal life and might have private issues sometimes but if you understand that and you then get on top of that and get your players to buy in then you are on the winning streak. Brendan Rodgers has done that.
“In the 2015/16 season everything was off the charts. There was a time when I was pumped to give even more. I was on a yellow card suspension, not that I’m a nasty player but sometimes I just need to kick some people.”
Fuchs was also asked about teammate Jamie Vardy who remains one of the best strikers in the Premier League.
Vardy already has eight goals in seven games this season and the defender said it was his relentless pace that defences struggle to deal with.
He said: “Pace kills the defence. You cannot deal with pace for 90 minutes. You can adjust your game to a versatile player or a player who is good at dribbling but pace you cannot control 100 per cent.”
“That’s what Jamie Vardy has shown for years now that he’s a threat when it comes to counter attacks. When he breaks the lines, he’s undefendable.”