Records tumbled at St. Mary’s on Friday as Brendan Rodgers Leicester City showed no mercy in demolishing Ralph Hasenhüttl’s Southampton 9-0, with Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez both bagging hat-tricks.
Their ruthless triumph got themselves in the record books by being the side to record the biggest-ever victory by an away side in an English top-flight league match in the 131-year history of the Football League. Overall, the 9-0 margin isn’t the biggest one, as the rout equalled Manchester United's 9-0 demolition of Ipswich at Old Trafford in March 1995.
Leicester scored 9 goals in 90 mins— MCFC Tickets (@TicketsMcfc) October 25, 2019
Man United have 10 PL goals in 810 mins
The annihilation started in as early as the 10th minute when left-back Ben Chilwell capitalized after Angus Gunn’s smart save off Harvey Barnes’ shot. Two minutes on and VAR played its role in reducing the home team down to 10 men as Ryan Bertrand was shown a straight red for a cynical challenge on Ayoze Perez.
It’s...... Jamie Vardy #9 👊🏼— Rebekah Vardy (@RebekahVardy) October 25, 2019
This paved way for Leicester to let open the flood gates and Rodgers’ men made no mistake in pouncing on the opportunities to pile further misery on Southampton. The win now sees the Foxes just five points behind league leaders Liverpool, who host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
A performance as this will go down in history as one of the finest showings, and this achievement has sent the footballing world into a frenzy. This is how they are reacting to it:
Jesus Christ Leicester— Izzy. (@izzy_drabble) October 26, 2019
Little Leicester City the 3rd best team in the land 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 fair play to the job Brendan Rodgers is doing— Stephen McCann (@Muccas1982) October 26, 2019
Brendan Rodgers is the best British Manager. WORD— Yash Parashar (@KopEndRed) October 25, 2019
Attacking football, quick transitions and a lot of character
I genuinely love Leicester Football Club. I love their players, I love their kit, I love their stadium, I love the way they play. I love how they got £80m for Harry Maguire & got better without him 😂. I rate Brendan Rodgers very highly. Easily my 2nd favourite team in the prem.— Sharky (@afcSharky) October 25, 2019
Leicester City this season— ًMax Thierry (@MaxThierrybr) October 26, 2019
Position — 2nd
Shots — 4th (137)
Goals — 2nd (25)
Saves — 10th (27)
Tackles — 1st (225)
Clean Sheets — 3rd (3)
Passes Completed — 2nd (4435)
Brendan Rodgers effect👏👏👏 #PL pic.twitter.com/vI8LDkzHER
Brendan Rodgers is the only one who can stop Liverpool from winning the league and has experience of it.— Adi (@Brewkenstein) October 26, 2019
Brendan Rodgers said he wanted to see more from his #lcfc wingers.— James Sharpe (@TheSharpeEnd) October 25, 2019
One has a hat-trick and the other is playing like Kevin De Bruyne.
I guess that counts as "more".
Leicester winning the league with Brendan Rodgers instead of Liverpool would be the 2020 we need— Babs (@_BabsJ) October 25, 2019
Feature image courtesy: AFP / Glyn Kirk