Back-heel goal was inspired by my hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic, says Leicester City’s Anthony Knockaert
Anthony Knockaert said his exquisite back-heeled goal was inspired by his idol – Sweden and Paris St Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The goal completed Leicester City's 2-0 victory at Huddersfield on Tuesday night.
The French winger flicked out a heel to hook home the ball from behind him to kill off Simon Grayson's side.
He had driven the first nail into their coffin too with a fantastic long-range strike.
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Ibrahimovic, the former AC Milan and Barcelona star, has scored his fair share of outrageous back-heel flicks, most notably for Sweden against Italy during Euro 2004.
Knockaert said he was delighted with his goals, especially the second.
"I think it is the best goal of my career and I am very happy for the fans and the team," he said.
"The second goal was very similar to Ibrahimovic. It was a fantastic goal. I like this player very much and he inspires me."
The France under-21 international said he was settling in well at City after his summer move from French second division side Guingamp and was enjoying the intensity of the English game.
"I am very happy to play for Leicester and tonight is fantastic for the team and for me," he said. "I am very happy. This league is not the same as France because here the player gives their life. In France, it is not the same intensity.
"Here it is very quick intensity and I think that it is better to play in England."
Knockaert's performance was hailed by his team-mate Danny Drinkwater, who was particularly impressed with his second goal.
"The second goal was the best, it was a bit of magic," said Drinkwater. "The first goal was a great strike, but the second was magical.
"He is more of a No.10. He has two great feet and a quality left foot.
"He is a good player and I am sure he will have a bright future in the game."