Every word Brendan Rodgers has said about Ricardo Pereira’s replacement, defense concerns and more
Brendan Rodgers pulled Ricardo Pereira out at half-time in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Burnley over concerns about the right-side defense.
Ricardo didn’t get close enough to Maxwel Cornet for the Ivorian’s goal, and was then out of position as the Burnley winger had an immediate chance to double his score.
And that’s how Timothy Castagne took his place.
Here are all the words the Leicester City boss had to say about the game.
Q: What do you think of the performance?
BR: “It was a bit frustrating in terms of the result. We were much better in the future, we were much more creative, we created a lot of opportunities and scored two great goals. Burnley defended his box so well, they made great blocks and last resort tackles.
“I’m more worried about how we defended, we can be a lot better in defense. Overall, we created enough and a point was earned at the end.
Q: What was the reason for Ademola Lookman’s departure?
BR: “The reason behind it was that Ade had played the week and he’s just settled into the team and the way we work. He played 65 minutes during the week, and we pulled him out knowing he was going to start in this game. In particular, I found him to be excellent in the second half. He started to tire a little.
“The idea was to try and bring in another player who could create something and during my time here James Maddison has been overall exceptional. He’s a truly talented player that we bring to the squad. to try to unblock the defense towards the end because we had a lot of ball and pressure in that area. That was the reason why. “
Q: How did you feel about the decision to be booed?
BR: “I’ve been here for almost two and three-quarters years, this is probably the first time the fans have booed each other, so I’ll take that after that time.
“I would never judge fans by expressing their feelings in the stadium, that is part of decision making as a manager. Some are good, some are not, but at the end of the day you have to be decisive and try to influence the game to try to win the game.
Q: How clinical is Jamie Vardy?
BR: “He’s just a top level striker. Both goals were very good team goals, playing to the end and then he made that last pass because of his movement.
“The first was a great finish in the corner, but I thought the second was brilliant. Pope comes out and pushes him wide, so he’s off his weaker side to finish, that was superb.
“He was unhappy in the first half, there was a very good blow. You have to give credit to Lowton’s return, it’s a brilliant defense. He’s on the edge of the box and it looks like Jamie is just going to punch him, but he comes back and challenges him or he would have pulled off a hat-trick.
“I think you saw his energy in the game, his freshness, his movement, his pace of work. It was a performance by Jamie Vardy. He was a threat throughout the game. “
On BBC Radio Leicester:
Q: Did you concede two more long goals today?
BR: “It was a bad defense, there’s no doubt about it. We need to show more commitment to stop the incoming shot (for the second goal). It’s that simple.
“The area is miserable. Jamie got down to it. Last week’s goal was also from a static position with the cross in the box.
“But the (second) goal and the dynamics of the game, it was a disappointing goal from our point of view, so definitely something we needed to improve.”
Q: Was Ricardo’s replacement at half time an injury or a tactic?
BR: “It was tactics. We had to defend better on this side of the field.
Q: How do you deal with the players in the next few days with a trip to Legia Warsaw and then a trip to Crystal Palace?
BR: “But that was what we wanted. We wanted to do well in the league to get into Europe, and from that you are going to get games. That’s what it’s about. We will recover about the next day, then we will get ready and go there. We are looking forward to the game.
At BBC Sport:
Q: Would it be fair to say that you had a lot of possession but were disappointed that you didn’t do more?
BR: “I think that’s what I’m saying. We arrived in some good areas, but we just didn’t make the keeper work as much as we would have liked. We still had nine shots or something on target, but we just couldn’t finish. “
Q: Do you miss Jonny Evans?
BR: “It’s as a team. Basically, you will only attack well and create well if you defend yourself well. For us, we have to work even harder in terms of defense. The problem now is that there is very little time to do this work, because you are playing and collecting and replaying. But there is no doubt that we as a team need to defend better because it is the basis of your work.
Q: Are you concerned about the form?
BR: “It’s six games but of course we would have liked to have done better. For us, it’s about continuing to prepare well and as long as we work hard, confidence in the team returns. When a team is confident, you have this great chance to be successful. We will continue to work well. I’m disappointed when you can’t win like today. There are a lot of things to improve. “
To Sky Sports:
Q: Is Evans just not ready?
BR: “He was in really bad pain after the game, it was his first 90 minutes. As much as I would have loved to have played him, he is not ready to come and play. He needed a few days of recovery, he will continue to train, and then we’ll see how he will be on Thursday.
Q: There was a diploma during the summer. Was it difficult to integrate everyone and find consistency?
BR: “We are not at our level. There is no magic formula. You have to keep working hard. It will bring confidence back, and when the players start to regroup and the team sync up a bit more, I’m pretty sure the results will become more consistent. At the moment, we are not showing it. But we will continue to work and I’m pretty sure that will come in time.