James Maddison insists that ‘anything can happen’ in the Champions League race after frustration in Southampton

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Bullish James Maddison insists ‘anything can happen’ in Champions League race and urges Leicester not to get ‘caught up’ in top four after frustrated by 10-man Southampton

  • Southampton frustrated Leicester on Friday by securing a 1-1 draw with 10 men
  • The result was a blow to the Foxes’ Champions League qualifying hopes
  • James Maddison wants his teammates to stay focused on winning matches

James Maddison is expecting a few more twists and turns in this season’s top four race, after Southampton dealt a potentially crucial blow to Leicester’s hopes.

The Saints were back to 10 men in nine minutes, but held their ground before taking the lead with James Ward-Prowse’s penalty in the second half. Jonny Evans took a quick equalizer to save the Foxes from disaster, but the result could be damaging.

The Foxes will take on Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs in their last three games. Those games will determine the positions, but Brendan Rodgers’ team has lost two of their lead.

James Maddison was left frustrated when Southampton held Leicester to a 1-1 draw on Friday

The midfielder had to resort to long range shots as the 10-man of the Saints held out at St Mary's

The midfielder had to resort to long range shots as the 10-man of the Saints held out at St Mary’s

Brendan Rodgers' side are on the eve of Champions League football, but cannot afford slip-ups

Brendan Rodgers’ side are on the eve of Champions League football, but cannot afford slip-ups

Leicester would have been 10 points ahead of fifth-seeded West Ham with a win, which might have been enough to secure the top-four. Maddison is not interested in those kinds of thoughts, however.

“It’s not that easy,” the midfielder told Sky Sports.

‘There is so much football to play and so much to happen. We can’t get caught up in that.

“We just have to win football matches and see where we are after 38 games.”

Maddison had a free kick just wide, but most of his shots didn't bother the keeper

Maddison had a free kick just wide, but most of his shots didn’t bother the keeper

Maddison had to resort to a flurry of long-range shots as the Foxes’ waves of attack were constantly repelled by a cast-iron defense of the Saints.

The Englishman was left frustrated at the final whistle, but may be happy to have completed his first 90 minutes since returning from a hip injury earlier this month.

“We had chances to win the game,” Maddison continued.

‘If you play against 10 men for such long periods, you should win the game.

Leicester will have to get along in their last games of the season, with some major clashes ahead

Leicester will have to get along in their last games of the season, with some major clashes ahead

‘They played in a low block, so it was difficult to break them down, but we created opportunities. We were good against 10 men and were able to come from behind, so I had hope until the last moment.

“ It’s tough because we got some good chances, but we didn’t have that edge that we had most of the season.

‘I’m still doing my full competition fitness. I still have a little bit to get to my highest level. That was good to get 90 minutes. I felt okay, but I’m always looking for improvement. ‘

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