Is this the reason Leicester lose from winning positions?
It’s always sunny playing in Bournemouth on a Saturday afternoon unless you’re Leicester City. The Foxes are still awaiting their first away points of the 2022/23 Premier League campaign after dropping all three points against AFC Bournemouth.
Brendan Rodger’s men found themselves a goal up after Patson Daka netted his third of the season. However, the common story for the boys in blue played out in its usual fashion, the performance got sloppier and the team’s ability to penetrate the opponents’ defence appeared to have dissolved in its entirety.
This isn’t the first time the blue army has witnessed their team drop points like this, in fact, Leicester have dropped a league-leading thirty points from winning positions in 2022. But why is this and what is being done about it?
In his post-match interview, Brendan Rodgers said: “We were in a great position at half-time, we have to see it through”. The foxes boss was hoping to see a similar display to the first half where his team’s “aggressive” show had them in the driving seat to take all three points home.
The Leicester City boss added that the team’s ability to deal with the pressure after going in front was “something we have to be better at managing”. The drop in possession after scoring is something that is fairly common in the Premier League however, Leicester’s problem is managing to keep teams out long enough to get a foot back in the game and go for more goals. We saw that the team is capable of scoring plenty of goals, on goals scored alone we would be comfortably in the top half of the table.
When discussing the fixture, the Northern Irishman opined “possession is no good on its own”, and “we were too safe and too happy to play it backwards.” When your defence is the main thing letting you down, attack is the best form of defence. Rodgers’ men didn’t show many signs of scoring another goal, the quick plays and counterattacks turned into sloppy passes and playing it along the back.
When talking about performances going forward, “We have to be better. We have to be stronger.” Hopefully, it is something that can be focused on and he can drill into the team that ”the job’s not done until the final whistle goes.”
Even with the agonising defeat, the manager remains confident we will turn it around. Although, many fans are starting to look over their shoulders at the possibility of Championship football next season.