Brendan Rodgers’ position at Leicester looks far from certain after six consecutive league defeats and the Leicester manager has said he will respect any decision made about his future by the club’s owners after his side’s season has reached its end. a new low with a 6-2 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.
“I completely understand the frustration of the fans. I can’t hide it, it’s my responsibility. Whatever happens, I will have enormous respect for the owners because they have been very supportive of me since I have been here. I understand the game, I understand football. Today the score did not reflect the game, but the main thing is that we suffered a heavy loss and we should have been better.
“Whatever happens to me here at Leicester, whether I stay and continue to fight, I will always respect them. Losing the last six doesn’t make good reading. But it’s a challenge I will take on. I’ve never had this spell in my career before. I absolutely want to continue.”
A second heavy away defeat in a row leaves Leciester bottom of the table with one point from their first seven games, and they have already conceded 22 goals. “If they play like they have for big games and reduce mistakes, they will go up the rankings,” he said. “It’s very infuriating when you concede corners, in situations where you are in control of the game. But you haven’t seen a team play tonight without conviction, without authority, without bravery.
Antonio Conte has warned his Tottenham players that they will have to put up with the rotation if they are to compete for top honors in the future. Son Heung-min, whose quick hat-trick left Leicester in shock. started the game on the bench, while Cristian Romero, Ben Davies and Emerson Royal were also dropped from the squad that lost to Sporting Lisbon in midweek.
“I want to get this team to think with a higher level,” Conte explained. “Not for the players to think, ‘I’ll stay at Tottenham because I’ll play every game’. If that happens, it means you’re not going to fight for something important, in my opinion.
“We have just started this path for the club. If the players want to play for something important, to lift a trophy, they have to understand that. Otherwise, they continue to play all the matches but they do not win anything. It’s clear. It’s happened in the past here and I’ll say it again, I want to try to change that and take this team to another level.
Conte joked that after Son’s exploits, any struggling striker could come and ask him to start on the bench. “Sonny will never be a problem. We’re talking about a real good guy. An incredible, exceptional player. One of the top two on my team with Harry [Kane]. Seeing Sonny with the ball after the hat-trick was great. It was amazing for me and for his teammates. We needed it – not just Sonny – and I’m happy.