Brendan Rodgers has supported Leicester City in resolving their identity crisis following their Premier League triumph, according to Kasper Schmeichel.
Rodgers has led the Foxes back to the top of the Premier League table since his arrival in February 2019, after providing the team with a straightforward style of play, which Schmeichel believes they lacked in the years following the 2015-16 season.
With five games left, the manager has a chance to lead City back into the Champions League after a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Monday night.
“It shows a club like Leicester can keep building, keep progressing and start mixing it at the top of the league,” Schmeichel told Sky Sports after the victory.
“Brendan has come in and done wonders for us – he’s the absolutely perfect manager for us at the perfect time.
“He came in when we needed an identity, we needed to find our feet – who were we after this amazing title win?
“We’ve kind of been in between a counter-attacking team and a possession team and we didn’t quite know exactly what we were and he’s just given us a clear identity, he’s been so clear in his messages of how he wants us to play.
“I can’t praise him enough for the job he’s done and is doing, and hopefully for many years to come.”
Kelechi Iheanacho scored the game-winning goal for City on Monday night, not for the first time in recent months.
Schmeichel is relieved that after years of netting past him in practice, he is now scoring past other goalkeepers.
“Training with Kele, you see it every single day,” Schmeichel said. “I think it was a case of him finding his feet here at Leicester and obviously having a massive figure like Jamie Vardy in front of you in the system we were playing was always going to be difficult for him.
“But credit to him in training, every day since he has come in he’s worked so hard, he does all those things in training, he just needed that little bit of luck or that goal to go in for him to give him that confidence, that belief and now you can see his partnership, his link-up work with Vards, it’s a formidable front two and I’m delighted for him and proud of him.
“Everyone in the dressing room is so happy for him to see his hard work is paying off.
“Kele is incredibly intelligent when it comes to his finishing – he knows how to shift and shoot so quickly, he’s so good at the particular one where he shifts it and then puts it through the defender’s legs and wrongfoots the goalkeeper.
“He does it in training all the time. He’s a nightmare in training to be fair. He’s just a big strong lad who can put himself about, he’s fast, he’s got absolutely everything to be a top striker and he’s showing it now, which is great.”