“We live in a world and a profession where you win a game, you lose the next one and you’re deemed a failure.”
Those are the words spoken by Scott Parker during his famous mashup with The Streets.
Well, Brendan Rodgers and Leicester have lost five games in a row and a number of punters are starting to call them failures.
Parker’s old side Bournemouth were the crisis club last week, but that mantle has been taken on by Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes who are spiralling at the bottom of the Premier League table.
Here’s why the 2015/16 Premier League champions are in crisis this week.
What’s the crisis?
Even at this early stage in the season, the signs are bad for Rodgers and Leicester.
They made just two senior signings during the summer, leaving their squad too stale while other clubs around them moved forward.
Their most recent defeat at Brighton showcased a number of glaring issues. The Foxes looked shallow in midfield and nervous in defence, giving the Seagulls goalscoring opportunities galore in the eventual 5-2 thrashing.
Leicester have now lost five games on the trot following their opening day draw with Brentford and have conceded 16 goals in total. Only Bournemouth with 18 – nine of which came in one match – have a worse record.
Why are they in crisis?
Good lord, where do you even start?
Firstly, the summer transfer window went awfully. Rodgers lost star defender Wesley Fofana to Chelsea after a protracted saga, and Caglar Soyuncu’s horrific dip in form means Wilfred Ndidi played in defence at Brighton.
Rodgers himself stated that “with the greatest respect, we haven’t been helped in the transfer market”, but what has been so evident in Leicester’s early games is the apathy running through the team.
James Maddison, Ndidi and Luke Thomas all made costly and avoidable mistakes on Sunday and little to no team spirit was present even though Kelechi Iheanacho and Patson Daka netted.
The nature of the defeat reeked of the end of days for Rodgers, and it’s what Leicester will do next which will decide how their season plays out.
What can they do to rectify it?
It seems like only a matter of time before Rodgers is given the boot, though a positive result against Aston Villa may buy him a few more games in charge.
In terms of winning actual football matches, there are a number of defensive deficiencies in the Foxes’ tactics. Corners often end up in the back of their own net and the departure of club stalwart Kasper Schmeichel has not helped matters. Danny Ward has brought a chaotic energy between the sticks in the Dane’s absence.
There is more than enough attacking quality in their squad to recover from this poor start, but with City fans unfurling a ‘Rodgers Out’ banner at the AMEX, it seems like a new boss will be required to replace the Northern Irishman and drag them out of the mire.
Chelsea drops Fofana update after initial tests on knee injury
Wesley Fofana’s knee injury is better than initially feared after the first set of tests returned positive results.
The defender suffered a knee injury in a collision with Rafael Leao in the 38th minute of Chelsea’s 3-0 home win against AC Milan, as his night ended in frustrating fashion having scored his first goal for the club earlier in the match.
There is hope that Fofana could return before the World Cup, with Chelsea’s final match before the tournament taking place away to Newcastle on November 12.
The centre-back is likely to miss this weekend’s clash against Wolves and the away match at San Siro against Milan next week.
Fofana was seen leaving Stamford Bridge on crutches on Wednesday night, with his right knee in a brace as there were worries he may have suffered a serious injury.
Speaking in his post-match press conference after Chelsea’s victory over Milan, Blues boss Graham Potter admitted he was unsure how bad it would prove to be for Fofana.
‘We’ll have to scan it tomorrow and see how he is but there’s nothing to report at the moment,” Potter said.
“That’s the one disappointing thing about the evening so we have our fingers crossed. We’re concerned but I don’t want to speculate on it now.
“These things happen. He’s a young guy and a strong guy but we’ll support him.”
Erik ten Hag explains decision to substitute Jadon Sancho in Omonia victory
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has confessed that he was unimpressed with the left side of his team in the first half of Thursday’s 3-2 victory over Omonia Nicosia, leading to him substituting both Jadon Sancho and Tyrell Malacia at half-time.
United were woeful in the first half and trailed at the break after Sancho and Malacia conspired to give away the ball for the cheapest of counter-attack goals, and both were hooked at the interval.
Sancho was replaced by Marcus Rashford, who went on to bag a goal and an assist, while fellow substitute Anthony Martial also scored just moments after being introduced on the hour mark.
Asked to explain his logic behind removing Sancho while his team were losing, Ten Hag said: “It [the goal] was not what I wasn’t happy with, it was the movement with our ball.
“The width on the left side, for me, was no good first-half – the movement from behind the defending line.
“So I hoped with Luke [Shaw] and Marcus we get more effect from that and so in my opinion that happens.”
Asked what he told Rashford and the rest of the team at the break to inspire a comeback, Ten Hag told BT Sport: “More runs, we are too static, we have to make the opposition move to get behind – that is why we made two subs.
“The subs really had an impact today.”
The boss added: “I would call it stay composed. It can always happen, football is a game of mistakes. I agree with you, first 30 or 35 minutes, we played quite well, the only thing we didn’t do was score a goal.
“When you score a goal you make your life easy, we didn’t. Then we concede a goal and it was the worst 10 minutes from the game from us. After half-time, we dealt well with the setback.”
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