Leicester’s James Maddison praises the passing ability of Spurs star

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Tottenham Hotspur came away from their recent trip to Leicester City frustrated after throwing away yet another lead.

The away side took the lead in the 29th minute when Harry Kane somehow managed to find the back of the net despite losing his footing in the penalty area.

Spurs were denied a second goal when VAR harshly decided that Heung-min Son was fractionally offside in the build-up to Serge Aurier’s strike.

The Foxes came back in the second half and scored two goals to keep all three points at the King Power.

Leicester midfielder, James Maddison who scored the winning goal five minutes from time has praised the passing ability of Harry Winks.

Maddison revealed that Brendan Rodger’s game plan was to stop Tottenham’s key players from getting time on the ball and to limit the service they recieve from the likes of Winks.

Winks was once again named in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting line up for the match against Bayern Munich on Tuesday but struggled against the German giants.

Maddison considers Chelsea’s Jorginho and Harry Winks as being among the most difficult midfielders he has played against in the Premier League, he told Sky Sports: “If I’m playing as a No 8, my job is to create and score goals, but also be able to help in the build-up. A No 10 is playing in-between the lines, but sometimes as a No 8 you have to help out with the build-up as well, because sometimes there is only one pivot player in midfield. Sometimes the other No 8 goes up, and you drop down, but I’m comfortable doing that. As a No 8 there is more demand on the out-of-possession stuff, like sliding, stopping passes through.

“The Premier League is the best league in the world, there’s no doubt about it. If you’re not sliding across quick enough to shut those passing lines, the type of players in those positions will just play it through.

“Who’s the best at getting it through? Jorginho is very good at it. He’s a very good footballer. I know last year he got a bit of stick here and there, but he is very good. Harry Winks is another good example, a very good passer of the ball. The job against Spurs was to get into a narrow three, force it wide, and stop the danger players getting it through the lines. Even then, when we were doing that quite well against Spurs, Harry Winks could get it through, with a quick two-touch wrap pass.

“That’s the quality of opposition we play against. There isn’t a moment where you can switch off and not do your defensive duties, because you get punished, and every camera is on you.”

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