Rodgers explains how Leicester will escape relegation

Brendan Rogers, Manager of Leicester City (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Brendan Rogers, Manager of Leicester City (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) /
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Brendan Rogers, manager of Leicester City (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) /

It has been a rough season for everyone involved with Leicester City. The board has been nonexistent, the players don’t seem to care and the fans are fuming. This has put a lot of pressure on Brendan Rodgers to turn the tide around and help us escape a relegation battle. After a 2-0 defeat to rivals Nottingham Forrest, the foxes find themselves 15th in the Premier League table with 17 points. This is frightening considering the three teams in relegation spots all have 15 points.

Rodgers’ side has a difficult schedule coming up which makes relegation a realistic thought. The next five games are against Brighton & Hove Albion, Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Arsenal. It will be challenging to get a point out of any of those games which will likely have us ending up in a bottom three spot. With potential disaster on the way, Rodgers gave us his plan to escape relegation.

The first step to escaping a relegation battle is accepting the fact you’re in one. Unfortunately, European football is way out of the picture for the east midlands team. So if we want to be prepared for the tough fight, we have to accept we’re there. This is something Rodgers admitted to at the press conference when asked about acknowledging he is in a relegation battle.

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"“Yeah, absolutely,” Rodgers said. “I said that afterward. Let’s not pretend you’re not. It’s a long season for us. I have to be honest with you. If you look at our form and where we’re at, then of course it’s a worry. But there are still so many games to go. If we can get back the players that give a different dimension to our team, then we can push on again. At the moment, with what we’ve got, it’s a real challenge.”"

Another challenge with this relegation battle is how difficult it will be to escape given the quality of the bottom teams. 14th place to 20th place is separated by just two points. Rodgers confessed to how challenging this season would be due to the quality of the bottom teams.

"“It’s very competitive. We’ve said before, you see Southampton beating Man City. It’s a very competitive league. If you want to be in it, you have to fight to stay in it, and that’s what we aim to do.”"

So what is the Northern Irishman’s plan to avoid relegation? He explained that as a manager he needs to stay calm and the squad needs the patience to build together. According to Rodgers, the key thing the squad needs to do is get strong mentally and find a greater strength to get through games.

"“It’s disappointing [fighting for survival]. “You miss key players and with a squad like ours, it’s always going to have an effect. But we can’t worry so much about that. We can only work with the players we have available. We have to find a greater strength and greater mentality to get through games. That was something we did when we were suffering earlier on this season, and it has to be the same. It’s a big challenge for us, but there’s no doubt that we can do it. We’ve already shown we can. We have to be better than what we were in the second half.”"

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A particularly impressive Brighton side is up next for the King Power team. Roberto De Zerbi’s men will be ready and confident. Sadly the same won’t be able to be said about the concerned Blue Army.