Brendan Rodgers of Leicester City admits he is having the worst time as a coach after 6-3 defeat at Manchester City

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The manager of Leicester City, Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he is experiencing the most challenging period in his managerial career after his team suffered a 6-3 defeat at the hands of Manchester City on Boxing Day.

Leicester City played Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, December 26, at a period Leicester City have a couple of their first-team players out with different degrees of injuries.

Coach Brendan Rodgers traveled to the Etihad Stadium without some of the club’s first-team players like Jonny Evans, Caglar Soyuncu, Harvey Barnes, Ricardo Pereira, and Patson Daka due to injuries.

These players were available for the club’s Premier League game against Newcastle United on December 12 which ended in a 4-0 victory in favor of Leicester City.

But ahead of the game against in-form Manchester City, fitness issues in Brendan Rodgers’ squad became so bad that the club could not feature Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi even though they were named on the bench.

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Brendan Rodgers of Leicester City admits he is having the worst time as a coach after 6-3 defeat at Manchester City
Coach Brendan Rodgers of Leicester City.

After the game, the coach was asked if this was the most challenging period in his managerial career, Brendan Rodgers said: “It definitely is.”

“There’s no doubt this is a huge challenge. We’re not getting the violins out. You see what we’re missing. The players aren’t available.

“Offensively we’re really good but if you’re missing the players (we are) it’s a real challenge.

“Take (Jonny) Evans, (Caglar) Soyuncu, (Ricardo) Pereira, James Justin, and Wesley Fofana out of our squad then it’s huge. We have to keep trying to find the solutions. We’ll continue to fight. We competed at the top of the league disrupting everything when we had players available.

“The results are obviously disappointing but you have to look at the condition of the team and the players we have missing. We’re not a deep enough squad, like a Manchester City, Liverpool, or Chelsea, to be able to carry it out. But what I do expect is what I saw in the second half which was incredible spirit and quality when we had the opportunities.”

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The 6-3 win at the hands of Manchester City means that Leicester City have now recorded just three defeats in their last 12 matches in all competitions.

So far this season, Leicester have recorded 7 defeats, 4 draws, and just 6 wins in 17 Premier League games. The inconsistent form has dragged Rodgers and his boys to the 10th spot on the league table with 22 points.

On the performance of his team against Manchester City, Rodgers said: “It was a difficult start to the game for us, really disappointed with the penalty, really soft, so that was frustrating.

“We came in at half-time, the scoreline for me didn’t reflect the game. We had eight shots, they had nine, but we were 4-0 down. We were in a tough position, but we make a change, and then we challenge the players in the second half to win the second half, bringing us closer to their goals, we have to show the mentality and character that is in this team.

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“We never unraveled, that could have been an easy thing to do, down 4-0 to the champions but the players didn’t do that. We played some incredible football, disappointing to concede from a set-piece but we had two big chances at 5-3. Conceding two penalties and two from set-pieces is disappointing.”

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