Debunking 5 ridiculous media statements about Brendan Rodgers

Leicester City's Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Myth 2: the ex-boss gave Leicester City two fifth placed finishes and a European Semi-final

He certainly did. When Leicester City was in the fantastic position of gaining Champions League football, which Rodgers helped get them to, he somehow managed to lose out at the very final hurdle. The first time just seemed one of those things and with the pandemic, it seemed churlish to criticise a significant rise in the table from the previous seasons. Even though we knew the 4-1 capitulation at Bournemouth was crazy and losing to a poor Norwich City was inexplicable, we just put it down to one of those things.

Fast-forward twelve months and Leicester were in a slightly better position and were fresh from winning the FA Cup – a trophy the Blue Army will always be grateful for. But when they simply needed to halt a stuttering Chelsea side in the league and frustrate them he couldn’t do it. Likewise, on the final day of the season Leicester City simply needed to beat Spurs to get into that top four. With 15 minutes of the season remaining they were on their way, winning 2-1 before capitulating 4-2 and letting in more late goals.

Previous results at home to a terrible Newcastle United and dropping points away to a 10-man Southampton were difficult to shake. All the while this was happening Liverpool fans, couldn’t help but be reminded of Brendan’s ability to throw away results seemingly nailed on.

As for Europe, the first foray in 2020/2021 was a comfortably won group before exiting to Slavia Prague weakly. The following season they were knocked out of a group when they should have been able to finish second comfortably. They were relegated to the Conference League and got past Randers, Rennes and PSV respectfully before a no-show against Jose Mourinho’s Roma where they managed to turn into the invisible men for 90 minutes in the famous Olympic Stadium.