“I don’t want to talk to you anymore.”
Enzo Maresca has an enormous smile on his face as we begin our interview.
It is the second time he has gained the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month award this season, and the second time it has seen his Leicester aspect go on to lose within the instant aftermath.
We chat following their defeat to Leeds United, and earlier than they went on to make it back-to-back defeats at Middlesbrough.
Leicester are nonetheless high of the Championship, so it could be ridiculous to get too fearful. But they’re two outcomes that maybe mirror the truth that this season will not be fairly the stroll to promotion that many have been predicting a few weeks in the past.
The Italian, 43, stays extraordinarily relaxed.
“What the players were doing is not normal – winning, winning, winning,” he says. “So if you lose a sport there might be an enormous noise.
“That is a part of soccer, the method, the league. I all the time knew we would lose video games. We simply must focus now on what we have to do to attempt and enhance.
“The process stays the same as after we win a game. We just try to analyse what is working well and what isn’t working and try to improve that.
“When we gained 13 of our first 14 it was an enormous achievement. It was the explanation why once we lose it’s talked about. But I do not need the gamers pondering an excessive amount of about that. We must be mentally sturdy and it’s regular to lose.”
Even among the ‘dip’ in form there have been some major positives for Maresca. The performances of James Justin, for example, have been a huge plus.
The full-back is currently enjoying his longest run in the side in a year since recovering from rupturing his Achilles, and has adapted well to the new role required of him.
Maresca praises the 25-year-old for the laborious work that has introduced him again to this degree.
“When I joined the club in June and came here for the first time, JJ was already running around the pitch even though he was on holiday,” says the Leicester boss. “To me it showed his professionalism and his determination.
“He’s attempting to adapt just a little bit as a result of he isn’t taking part in like a full-back going up and down, he is taking part in proper aspect and left aspect of a again three and he is doing fantastically properly on either side.
“He’s a humble guy. He works hard and we’re very happy with him.”
Another participant Maresca has helped dig the perfect out of is Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall. Arguably the stand-out participant within the Championship this season, he has stepped as much as the plate in a extra superior function that was occupied by James Maddison in current seasons.
Maresca admits that the native lad, and academy product, struggled just a little bit when he first arrived as a result of he felt burdened by their relegation.
“He was full of responsibility at first,” says Maresca. “But since the first international break he has improved a lot. He’s calm, fantastic with the ball, he knows when to attack and what to give the team.
“He is so harmful close to the field, and has the standard to attain or help from wherever. He may have already got had 10 or 12 assists. He might be the most-improved for us and he is within the good place.”
Everything and everyone is there to be improved for Maresca. Even someone as experienced as Jamie Vardy, now 36, can still learn.
The striker made a profession off his sharpness and velocity in behind, however now because the tempo wanes just a little and the calls for on his function have modified, he’s adapting into turn into extra of an all-round participant.
“He’s humble enough to understand the way we want to play and to drop a little more and link with team-mates,” says Maresca.
“Us and Jamie need to adapt to how we want to play with and without the ball. It’s all very good experience. He’s doing a great job and is getting better for sure.”
Even after the newest setback, you understand with Maresca on the helm that Leicester are in calm and succesful arms.