Stuttering top-four bid is proof Rodgers cannot work under pressure - TBRV
After last night’s defeat away to Chelsea, one thing has become apparent about Leicester City, Brendan Rodgers, and the direction the club is heading in.
The loss to Chelsea means the side’s Champions League hopes are hanging by a string, you can probably even go as far as saying it’s out of the team’s hands. A win for Liverpool in their clash with Burnley tonight and the Reds will jump ahead of the Midlands outfit on goal difference.
After months and months of sitting in the top four, it seems the squad thought it was a given they’d qualify for Europe’s premier competition. The standards have fallen off in recent weeks with sloppy performances against the likes of Newcastle United and away to ten-man Southampton, leaving the team starring down the barrel of yet more failure.
And whilst there will need to be a massive analysis of the entire situation should the worst be confirmed come Sunday 6pm, there’s already one key figure in this almost-collapse.
This isn’t the first time the Northern Irishman has overseen an end-of-season failure. Remember, Liverpool’s famous bottle job towards the end of the 2013/2014 campaign, where they were cruising to the Premier League title, only to then surrender it to Manchester City
He then got sacked by the Merseysiders and took over at Celtic, and let’s be honest, some regular folk have had more pressure at their normal 9-to-5 jobs than Rodgers up in Scotland.
The Bhoys cruised to multiple league titles and Scottish Cups in what proved to be nothing more than a trophy-pinching two-and-a-half years for the 48-year-old.
He then took the Leicester job, and the last two campaigns have shown the true ability of the coach.
His side bottled top four in spectacular fashion last season, losing at home to Manchester United, when all they needed was a win to secure Champions League football.
It seems history is repeating itself this year with the club seemingly on the verge of losing out on playing in the European Cup. Two wins for Jurgen Klopp’s men, and the King Power Stadium side would’ve lost out on a top-four place during the dying embers of the campaign yet again.
The stuttering top-four bid is a damning indictment on Rodgers’ inability to work under pressure and is a sign to the owners that the club needs a cooler head in order to reach the next level.
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