Leicester City boss praises ‘unbelievable’ Sunderland player after win and makes difficult admission

Enzo Maresca, the manager of Leicester City, has given his reaction to Sunderland’s victory.
Leicester City manager Enzo Maresca said the victory over Sunderland made him the happiest he’d been all season.

Maresca’s team has now grabbed an incredible 36 points from their first 13 games, and the runaway leaders look set to win promotion back to the Premier League at the first try.
Despite losing 1-0, Sunderland competed well, with Maresca praising Tony Mowbray’s aggressive approach.


He also singled out Anthony Patterson, who made some outstanding saves, as a ‘unbelievable’ game performer.
“A very difficult game,” stated Maresca.

“It’s the game we expected because we know they’re a tough team.”

“We were quite good on the ball in the first half, but we played too many long balls in the second half.” There is also another team present to make the game difficult. “We expected it since they have been man-to-man off the ball in almost all of their games. They have weapons like Bellingham, Ekwah, Clarke, and Roberts on the field. The goalkeeper is unbelievable.


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“It’s been a pretty difficult game. But it’s the game that makes me the most proud in terms of how we handled a different type of game. We battled for the first 20 minutes to find the correct amount of pressure to apply, but after that we pressed really well. We were quite aggressive.”

Despite their excellent start, Maresca’s team will not get carried away.

“We are happy but we are not thinking we are the only club in the Championship trying to get promoted,” he went on to say.


“In football, it’s normal to lose more than you win.” We’ve won 12 of our last 13 games, which is not typical, and the players and fans deserve to enjoy it after being relegated.

“We know that these records are important if we meet our goal; they show what the players have done and that it is not normal, but it’s still October.”

“We would like to have the same situation in March and April, it’s fantastic, we are not the only team building to reach the title and in our case we changed 14 or 15 players from last season.”

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