Following two fairly drab Premier League draws, Leicester City’s influential leaders must take centre stage and convey Brendan Rodgers’ vision.
In the Watford draw, both sides evidently struggled defensively. A more apt description for Leicester City’s defending would be uneven, at the least, in comparison to their usual high standards. Two reasons for the drop in class are obviously fitness along with match sharpness – which is understandable in unprecedented circumstances.
Against Brighton & Hove Albion in Tuesday’s contest that ended 0-0, the Foxes defence was even more shambolic despite actually not conceding; thanks for that can go mainly to captain Kasper Schmeichel in goal. The Danish international saved a penalty very well, which in previously normal times would regularly inspire a turnaround leading to a Foxes victory.
Following the final whistle, manager Brendan Rodgers labeled his goalkeeper as “world-class” and one of the standout stoppers in the division, as per BBC Sport.
Additionally, the Northern Irishman gave a candid assessment of the Seagulls clash – confirming freely that his team must do better. Yet he also offered the opinion that his players are “giving everything”; while suggesting the squad is humble to accept their faults.
Leicester City’s luminaries must set an example
Now, Rodgers subsequently hailed Brighton as an outfit who have quality; which is true, they’re slightly underrated overall, in fact. Though, if Leicester reach their goal of Champions League qualification, a team like the Seasiders would be the least of their worries.
And the core of City’s team will almost be the same in 2020/21 as it is now, hopefully. Even the most trustworthy, consistent performers like Jonny Evans made some strange choices and have underperformed fairly drastically recently. Influential leaders renewing their great form is vital.
Therefore, the element most crucial to Rodgers at this point – the business end of the season – is that his most outstanding players, and actual enforcers known as the “leadership group”, must now impose themselves on the roster before and after matches. Not to mention the necessity of players such as Jamie Vardy, James Maddison, Demarai Gray – or whoever is on the wing – taking games like the Brighton one by the scruff of the neck and winning by any means necessary!