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Leicester boss Rodgers hails Maddison courage and character after Chelsea draw

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers hailed the character of goalscorer James Maddison after last night's 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

Maddison lashed Leicester into an early lead at Chelsea, before Marcos Alonso volleyed home from Reece James' fine angled cross.

"We had to battle really hard, they are obviously a top-class side," said Rodgers.

"We got off to a great start with a fantastic goal; our defending was good, with structure and concentration. And we deserved a point.

"James really is a top player and he's maturing with every game that he plays.

"I thought he was our standout player with the ball, his aggression, his ability to take the ball in space.

"This is a young man that showed great courage and came to me when he said his confidence had taken a bit of a hit.

"We just built him up again, fundamentally helped him work hard on his game.

"And from that moment he's worked his way back into the game, been consistent and defensively he's been very good.

"He's really, really improved, and he's been our top player this season."

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