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"The more you can play without thinking about the consequences, the better you will play"

Thomas Frank previews our trip to the King Power

19 March 2022

David Raya's first international call-up, Christian Eriksen's Denmark return, and the trip to Leicester City, all covered in Thomas Frank's pre-match press conference. 

Any injury issues …

No. It’s all good.

Taking on Leicester City …

We know it is going to be difficult. They have maybe not hit the highest level this season, compared to the last two seasons where they were fighting for Champions League football and playing unbelievable football. They are still a top team who, on their day, can beat all the top six teams. It’s going to be an unbelievably tough task. We know results are nice, but they need to be backed by the performances, so our consistency in producing good performances gives us something to believe in.  

Earlier this season we put a good performance in and definitely deserved a point, if not more. Fair play to Leicester they had that quality from Tielemans and a transition where we needed to do 100 per cent better. With Tieleman and Maddison they have two of the best offensive players in the league.

It’s no secret we like to focus on set-pieces. I am aware that Leicester have conceded some goals, but I am also certain that Brendan Rodgers, his staff, and the players will do everything they can to avoid conceding. That can be a battle in the game.

Playing with confidence …

The more free-flowing you can play, without thinking about the consequences, the better you will play. The last two games were close games which is natural because the wins mean a lot. In general, we’ve been reinforcing that we need to be brave, be cool, and be aggressive. The more we can enforce that on the training pitch, the better.

Christian Eriksen’s Denmark return …

It was a very special day for him, his family, and us involved, when he came on against Newcastle United because of what happened back in June. That was a milestone and the next milestone he needs to get past is when he puts the Danish shirt on and steps into Parken. Hopefully after that it is only football with Christian.

David Raya’s first Spain call-up …

He was top three in the Championship, maybe better, the year that we lost in the Play-Offs. He was heavily involved in the first goal that decided that Play-Off final which was devastating for him. I clearly remember going to him the day after saying he needed to be even braver and have an even higher starting position the next year. We then got to the Premier League and he performed unbelievably well in the first eight games. Then he got another slap in the face with the big injury. He's come back even stronger. We all know that mental mindset is so important; that is one thing that only gets stronger with the setbacks. You can’t have a strong mentality if you don’t have any setbacks. He has clear and obvious abilities in terms of playing with his feet, high position, and being very aggressive in coming for crosses. He definitely deserves it.


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