Brendan Rodgers has been linked with the Manchester United manager’s job, but it is his fault for Leicester’s inept defending.


Brendan Rodgers has been linked with the Manchester United manager’s job, but it is his fault for Leicester’s inept defending.

From set pieces and in open play, Leicester’s defensive record is abysmal, and it isn’t getting any better, meaning Rodgers has a lot of work to do.

KING POWER STADIUM — Given the mess at Manchester United, Brendan Rodgers being linked with their manager’s job at the same time his blip at Leicester City is slipping into a slump is strangely fitting.

Leicester conceded early from a set piece against Arsenal three weeks ago, then conceded again soon after, leaving them to haphazardly chase the game, which they did to little avail.

The only difference was the volume of the boos at halftime against Chelsea.

On Saturday, the first half was as bad as they come.

Leicester fans groaned as they made mistakes in possession.

The fans groan because they take too long to play from the back.

As a result, they rush forward and act surprised that Jamie Vardy is alone; the fans groan once more.

They’re already down two goals at that point, and they’ve lost yet another home game.

The only question is whether things will deteriorate further.

It started with Leicester conceding from a simple set-piece routine, as is customary for this team.

When an inswinging corner is delivered into the penalty box, the opposition’s biggest central defender makes a dash for the front post; no one follows.

Nobody else joins that defender in rising to meet the ball.

For a split second, Kasper Schmeichel stands motionless, helpless.

Then he extends his arms, as if to inquire as to why none of his teammates have figured it out yet.

At the very least, Pavlov’s Dog would have stopped Antonio Rudiger’s run.

Rodgers was questioned about the issue after Gabriel Paulista became the seventh player to score from a set piece against Leicester.

“If you look at the Premier League, a lot of set-pieces are coming in from the front post area,” Rodgers said.

“It’s not just us; other teams are involved.”

That’s a remarkable response from a man who understands the importance of good public relations. For starters, no team does it as badly or as frequently as Leicester, which is why the question was raised.

Rodgers also appears to be adamant about his complete zonal marking system, despite its repeated failures.

Finally, Leicester City fans care about their team, and Rodgers is one of them right now.

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Brendan Rodgers has been linked with a move to Manchester United, but it is his fault for Leicester’s inept defending.

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Brendan Rodgers is being linked to the Man Utd job – but Leicester’s indefensible defending is his fault

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