Leicester have the 'quality to hurt teams', says coach

Kevin Phillips

Kevin Phillips is confident that Leicester’s attacking play will pay off in the Premier League.

The Foxes have started the season in impressive form, sitting just outside the top 10 after two wins and two losses from seven games.

Memorable draws with Everton and Arsenal were superseded by the 5-3 victory over Manchester United, but a loss at Crystal Palace, and a draw at home to struggling Burnley have brought the Championship champions back down to earth heading into the impending international break.

They have netted 11 goals already this campaign, with Leonardo Ulloa registering five in his first five games, and the desire to attack has been praised from every corner of the media. Whilst fellow promoted sides QPR and Burnley have netted just seven goals between them, and look resigned to relegation at this early stage of the season, the free-spirited offensive play shown by the Foxes has wowed audiences - and been rewarded by results.

Kevin Phillips, who works at the King Power Stadium as a coach, has praised boss Nigel Pearson for the Foxes great start, calling him a ‘very offensive manager’.

Speaking to the official Leicester website, Phillips said: “If we have a go at teams and put them on the back foot we’ve got the quality to hurt teams.

"I think we’ve shown already we’re a very offensive team especially at the top of the pitch.

“That obviously shows we want to have a go at them.

“I think Nigel showed over the last few years that he’s a very offensive manager. He wants to take the game to them and why not?

“We don’t want to sit back and soak up pressure because when you come up against quality and you sit back they’re going to create chances.”

The 41-year-old is the only Englishman to ever win the European Golden Boot award, having netted 30 goals in one season for Sunderland at the beginning of the millennium. He retired at the end of last season, and is now focused on teaching the Leicester forwards how to follow in his footsteps.

He added: “You can practice being clinical – that comes with day in and day out repetitive finishing.

“You can’t, for me, teach instinct or being in the right place at the right time. That for me is something you’re born with.

“You can get better at it and you can teach making the right runs but things happen in games and situations change.

“When that chance comes to you it’s about concentration, making the right connection and staying composed.

“That’s why Nigel has brought me to the Club – to add my experience and my knowledge in the striking department.

“That’s anything that can help us as a squad that can help us progress and stay in this league."

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