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Leicester City: Richard Keys slates Brendan Rodgers for tactics v Manchester City

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Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has been criticised for not being more expansive in last weekend’s Premier League defeat.

Former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys was writing in his blog about his thoughts on last weekend’s Premier League action. 

Leicester came up against a Manchester City side missing Erling Haaland, who was absent from the matchday squad with a foot injury.

However, the Foxes were still unable to take anything from the game, with Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne scoring the only goal of the game with a free-kick early in the second half. 

But Keys has been left frustrated by Rodgers’ decision to change his system at half-time, with the presenter feeling that the Premier League champions were there for the taking.

He wrote: “Why not change at half-time – why not have a go – without being reckless?

“I say again – Rodgers is a good coach, so why didn’t he change it?

“It was terrible. If that’s the future we’ll kill the game. I’m glad Leicester got done.”

TIF Thoughts on Keys’ comments…

Whilst Leicester may feel they could have done more to trouble Ederson in the City goal (the Foxes had just five shots on target throughout the game), we believe that it is likely easier said than done to attack a world-class team such as City.

As well as this, Rodgers may have had his side’s defensive record in the back of his mind. With the east Midlands side having conceded 25 goals in the Premier League this season, the third-highest amount in the division, he may have felt that his side’s best chance of success was to soak up pressure and hit Pep Guardiola’s side on the break. 

Therefore, whilst Leicester fans and Keys may have hoped their side would attack City in the hope of getting something from the game, we can’t blame the former Celtic manager for setting his team up in this way against the league’s top scorers.

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