Friday, November 27, 2020

Praising Brendan Rodgers and Leicester City

Leiceser City won 4-1 against Leeds United on Monday night with goals from Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy alongside a Youri Tielemans double.

This result means that ahead of the weekends fixtures, that the Foxes are in second place and just a point off leaders Liverpool.

A 4-0 home win S.C Braga last night in the Europa League against Braga puts Leicester City in first place in Group G, three points clear of second place Braga and 6 points ahead of third place AEK Athens.

Leicester City players celebrating during their Europa League win last night against Braga.

Considering Brendan Rodgers’ poor record in Europe, this should be seen as a great beginning to their Europa League campaign.

Leicester have had an excellent start to the season, with a 5-2 away win over Manchester City and a 1-0 win against Arsenal at the Emirates.

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has to take alot of credit for this start.

Last Season’s Disappointment

Leicester also started last season well before a poor run of form after Christmas saw them miss out on Champions League football by four points.

This is despite being in second on Boxing Day and ten points ahead of fifth place Tottenham Hotspur.

Manchester United, who finished third in the 2019/20 season, were in seventh place after the boxing day and eleven points off Leicester City.

However, it should be noted that nobody expected Leicester to finish in the top four, let alone finish fifth place and be in top four for most of the season.

Brendan Rodgers’ Managerial Success

This should grant Brendan Rodgers the highest of praise. Rodgers has been an excellent manager for Leicester and is still doing a great job for the team, as can be shown with their aforementioned start to the season.

Brendan Rodgers and Youri Tielemans.

Until Jürgen Klopp came to Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers was the closest ever Liverpool manager to winning the Premier League.

His 2013/14 Liverpool side with the attacking trip of Luis Suárez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling were the Premier League’s most exciting attack force and were given the name of SAS.

He then went on to Celtic after being sacked by Liverpool and was on track to win a ‘Treble Treble’, before he left for Leicester mid season.

Brendan Rodgers with all three domestic trophies whilst with Celtic.

Whilst many would argue that the Scottish League is not as competitive as the Premier League, there is a reason no manager in the Scotland has won three trebles in a row.

Rodgers was also known for getting Swansea City promoted, making them the first Welsh team in history to play in the Premier League.

He had a great first season that led to him taking over from Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool manager in the summer of 2012.

Rodgers has a history of playing pretty football which can ultimately be to his detriment at times. Nothing can be taken away from how good a job Rodgers has done.

Premier League And Europa League Aims

In what has been a crazy Premier League season so far, Rodgers must feel confident that this team can go on to do great things this season.

Leicester City players celebrate with Jamie Vardy after his winner against Arsenal.

They need to ensure they do not suffer the same mid-season collapse that they had last season. This is a run of form that overshadowed how good a season Leicester had in Rodgers’ first full season with the Foxes.

No-one expects Leicester to repeat their 2015/16 heroics that saw them defy 5,000-1 odds and win the Premier League. I am not even sure the players believe this either but they can certainly come to terms with making a good run at attempting to secure Champions League football.

If they are to do this, it will not be just down to just the goals of Jamie Vardy or their impressive midfield. The managerial style of Brendan Rodgers and the type of football this side have been playing, will ultimately take Leicester to where they want to be.

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