Leicester’s Rodgers experiencing his career's most challenging period

Sun 26 December 2021 | 22:12

The Leicester City boss revealed that he is experiencing the most challenging period of his career as a manager after his side were defeated 6-3 at the hands of Manchester City.

Brendan Rodgers

made six changes from

Leicester City

’s previous

Premier League

victory over Newcastle as Jonny Evans, Caglar Soyuncu, Harvey Barnes, Ricardo Pereira and Patson Daka are added to the long list of injury setbacks.

The Leicester manager also revealed that he couldn’t call on either Jamie Vardy or Wilfred Ndidi, notwithstanding both being on the bench, while Ryan Bertrand also joined the injury list in the warm-up for

Manchester City


When quizzed about the situation, he described it as the most challenging period of his managerial career.


It definitely is,"

he said.

"There's no doubt this is a huge challenge. We're not getting the violins out. You see what we're missing. The players aren't available.

"Offensively we're really good but if you're missing the players (we are) it's a real challenge.

"Take (Jonny) Evans, (Caglar) Soyuncu, (Ricardo) Pereira, James Justin and Wesley Fofana out of our squad then it's huge. We have to keep trying to find the solutions. We'll continue to fight. We competed at the top of the league disrupting everything when we had players available.

"The results are obviously disappointing but you have to look at the condition of the team and the players we have missing. We're not a deep enough squad, like a Manchester City, Liverpool or Chelsea, to be able to carry it out. But what I do expect is what I saw in the second half which was incredible spirit and quality when we had the opportunities."

Manchester City took a 4-0 lead within the first 25 minutes but Rodgers’ men pushed back and almost closed the gap only for City to secure their 6-3 victory soon after. Leicester have just won three of their previous 12 matches.


It was a difficult start to the game for us, really disappointed with the penalty, really soft, so that was frustrating,"

Rodgers added.

"We came in at half-time, the scoreline for me didn't reflect the game. We had eight shots, they had nine, but we were 4-0 down. We were in a tough position, but we make a change, and then we challenge the players in the second half to win the second half, bring us closer to their goals, we have to show the mentality and character that is in this team.

"We never unravelled, that could have been an easy thing to do, down 4-0 to the champions but the players didn't do that. We played some incredible football, disappointing to concede from a set-piece but we had two big chances at 5-3. Conceding two penalties and two from set-pieces is disappointing."

source: SportMob

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