Brendan Rodgers claims Leicester City “didn’t deserve” to lose 6-2 against Tottenham Hotspur
Brendan Rodgers’ future at Leicester City has become even more uncertain after a 6-2 loss against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday in the Premier League.
The Northern Irishman, speaking after the match, claimed that the scoreline was harsh on his players and that they did not deserve to lose by this margin. He said to Sky Sports (h/t ESPN):
I understand the game. The scoreline didn’t reflect the game but the bottom line is it’s a heavy defeat… For 73 minutes it was a good game and we were arguably the better side with the chances we created. We got punished for mistakes.”
“I feel for the players. They didn’t deserve that.”
Rodgers’ Leicester deserved to lose – an opinion you’d hear from anyone who watched the game. To score six at the opposite end and concede just one from open play, Spurs did a lot of things right.
Is Rodgers right?
Hugo Lloris was on form, particularly to deny Zambian striker Patson Daka when he saved his header with the score still 3-2. But that shouldn’t mean we look at the game by discounting the Frenchman’s efforts.
A goalkeeper playing well should be treated at the same level as, say, a striker scoring goals in a game. Lloris played his part in keeping the scoreline in our favour and then Son Heung-min scored one of the best hat-tricks our fans have seen in a long time.
Leicester did, however, make a big effort and were not steamrolled as the scoreline showed. They had more possession, took more shots than Spurs and more accurate passes than us during the game (SofaScore).
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This was, nevertheless, a deserved win. It is also a welcome boost to our goal difference and for the time being, we rest comfortably in second position – level on points with Manchester City and two points above Arsenal, who have a game in hand.