New Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has cleared up the confusion caused by Claude Puel, midfielder Youri Tielemans has said.
Rodgers’ tactics are easier to understand than his predecessor’s, Monaco loanee Tielemans has explained, because of the absence of a language barrier.
Papy Mendy said last month that the City squad sometimes “did not know what Puel wanted” because of his lack of fluent English, and that is a verdict backed up by Tielemans.
The Belgian said he had no personal problems under Puel as he was able to speak to the Frenchman in his native tongue, but said that Rodgers’ arrival had helped communication for the rest of the squad.
“(Rodgers) is a really open-minded manager, you can talk to him, whatever question you may have, you can ask him,” Tielemans told Sky Sports.
“And that is really positive for us because a lot of players were confused about what was going on.
“The barrier of the language was there (under Puel), so it was a bit difficult.
“Sometimes people did not understand what the gaffer wanted. I spoke French with him, so it was easier, but now it is easy for everybody.
“Everything is clear now, (Rodgers) wants to play offensive and attacking, but you do not have to forget about the defensive part, and everybody is doing his job and we are progressing as a team.”
Tielemans has adapted to life at Leicester superbly, registering a goal and four assists in his last five outings.
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The 21-year-old said the football at City complements his game.
“The style of play we play here suits me best,” he said. “I can play free here and think about the offensive play when we have the ball, and when I do not have the ball, I try to manage the team and organise the defensive part.
“But I feel really good in this team and my team-mates help me a lot to adapt to the style and the gaffer helps me a lot too, so it is really easy.”
There is a mutual admiration between Tielemans and Rodgers, who has suggested he is keen on making the Belgian’s move permanent, particularly as he sees him getting even better.
“He’s a wonderful talent, and only 21 years of age,” said Rodgers. “You can see very clearly he’s an outstanding young player, he has a wonderful view of the game, and for 21 years of age, he plays with a great maturity.
“Look at the games record that he’s played, he’s played an awful lot for a young player.
“The beauty of him is that he’s only going to get better. He trains and plays with a smile, but is very focused and he’s starting to get intensity into his game and he’s been a joy to work with.
“My job is to work with him, to integrate him with the team. As a young player coming into the league, it takes that little bit of time to adjust and adapt, but he is finding his fitness and finding his physicality.
“He has a real understanding now how we want to work, how we want to play. Of course, when you have that type of player in the squad, it’s great to work with that.”
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