Brendan Rodgers marks his return to EPL with a loss

Brendan Rodgers marks his return to EPL with a loss

Brendan Rodgers got off the wrong foot in his premier league return as he loses his first game in charge of Leicester City with a 2-1 defeat against Watford.

As the former Scottish Premiership Champions Celtic manager, Rodgers won every domestic trophy available – seven in all – and broke records that had stood for many decades. Whilst the Celtic fans had their hopes up over a possible ten consecutive league title reputation in the near future, Rodgers left for the Foxes in the midst of leading the Premiership by eight points,13 games and two trophies remaining. His decision stirred anger and resentment, which resulted in a banner held by Celtic supporters that spelled out: “You traded immortality for mediocrity. Never a Celt, always a fraud.”

Things worsened for Rodgers as Watford scored after just five minutes, with the Foxes finding themselves on the back foot. Jamie Vardy pulled one back for the visitors in the 75th minute but Andre Gray sealed the win with a stoppage time goal.

Vardy was unable to get opportunities on the ball, and ended the match at just 15 touches despite scoring a goal. Leicester’s midfield were not capitalizing on possession and lacked creativity to create shots for Vardy. They ended the match at 61% possession but with only two shots on target.

“I actually thought that Leicester starter really poorly – I think it was three or four minutes before they crossed the halfway line,” said David Moyes on the post-match discussion.

“They handed the initiative to the home team early on,” Graeme Souness added.

Slow momentum, complacency and formation inadequacies, the team has lost six of their last eight premier league games.

“It will take time to impose a lot of the ideas we want,” insisted Rodgers. “There were a lot of good signs. I was pleased despite not getting the result,” he added.

In contrast to Rodgers’s optimism, Leicester still remains 11th, and with plenty of work to do if they are to match Rodgers’s ambition of a European place.

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