Following the win at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers addressed last season’s ‘failure’.
Thankfully the Leicester City starting eleven weren’t too disheartened after a dispiriting first half. At least the initial 45 minutes of the Foxes’ win at West Bromwich Albion were frustrating as far as the Blue Army watching at home were concerned.
Yes, it is true that most people viewing the first game of the sides’ Premier League campaigns were aware that Brendan Rodgers’ squad is rather exhausted of numbers at present. Compounded by an ill-advised and unnecessary suspension for commanding centre-back Jonny Evans. And not to mention the injury and unfit categories containing stars and reserves aplenty.
However, most Leicester supporters would have been expecting Jamie Vardy, Ayoze Perez and the most frequent offender, Harvey Barnes, to have taken one of the excellent chances presented to them before the break. Alas, the trio did not score; yet the same XI came out fresh as well as confident in their manager’s game plan for the second half.
Timothy Castagne, a debut goalscorer for the East Midlands team, explained how Rodgers motivated his personnel at the interval:
“He (Brendan Rodgers) said that we have to play faster. Also he gave us some tactical things we should try or change. Obviously, it worked out pretty well, so that was good.”
Following the 3-0 victory, the Northern Irishman addressed negativity about last season during Sky Sports‘ coverage. He insisted that Leicester’s Premier League finishing position – fifth – in 2019/20 was really good. In addition, Rodgers of course admitted the run-in was not what they hoped for, but talk of it as an overall failure is unjustified. Furthermore, the boss said that his outfit are excited about this year – especially with Europa League competition to come.