Leicester stars issued stark warning as Rodgers doubles down on season gripe

Date published: Friday 5th November 2021 8:36 - Neil Foster

Kasper Schmeichel and Brendan Rodgers after Leicester beat Norwich, August 2021

Manager Brendan Rodgers has reiterated his stance that Leicester must always operate at 100 per cent if they are to compete with the best teams in the league.

The Foxes have secured back-to-back fifth-place finishes in the Premier League. They have become a well-drilled and exciting team to watch under the guidance of the Northern Irish tactician. But results and performances this season have not matched those over the past couple of years.

The East Midlanders sit 11th in the table, with 14 points to their name. They have won only four top-flight games and lost the same amount.

Results in Europe have also been mixed. The King Power outfit sit third in Europa League Group C, with one win, one defeat and a couple of draws.

They were held to a 1-1 draw by Spartak Moscow on Thursday. Rodgers took aim at his players after the match, suggesting that a few were not pulling their weight.

And he has now backed those comments ahead of Sunday’s trip to Elland Road to face Leeds United.

Luke Thomas, Youri Tielemand and James Maddison celebrating for Leicester

“It is not all the team, we have players who are performing to a really good level, they’re showing that desire and mentality to do the dirty work,” he told reporters via Leicestershire Live. “I say the same thing to them – I don’t beat around the bush when I’m talking about a bush – we need to run more.


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“And as a collective, it’s no good seven or eight players doing it. That’s what’s always got us those wins and that consistency.

“We’re not good enough as a group to win games at 75 per cent. We’re a team that has to be at maximum.”

Straight-talking Rodgers taking no prisoners

There is no doubting that Leicester have the ability to mix it with most teams in the division on their day. But consistency has been an issue during the early stages of 2021-2022.

Not playing well is one thing but a failure to put in the hard yards is unacceptable, according to the ex-Liverpool chief. And he made it clear that any of his players not toeing the line will face time on the bench.

Jamie Vardy Leicester

“Sometimes it’s willpower, and unfortunately it’s the one thing you cannot transport into players,” he added. “You can give them lots of tactical ideas and support and technical coaching, but getting back is also about will.

“It’s something that if you don’t do you don’t play. That’s what’s hurting us a bit at the moment, but we’ll correct it and make it right.”

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