Brendan Rodgers has warned Leicester need to alter their expectations after a dreadful start to the season and painted a grim picture by admitting their players need to go into survival mode to reach 40 points and avoid relegation.
Rodgers’ side finished eighth last season and reached the semi-finals of the Europa Conference League, a year after winning the FA Cup for the first time but after a summer in which they failed to sign only one outfield player, the under-pressure Leicester manager made it clear. that the realistic goals for this season have changed significantly.
Rodgers, who has spoken on several occasions about his desire to disrupt the Premier League’s top six, admitted he was working on “totally different” goals from recent seasons and underscored his point, saying: “It’s not It’s not the club it was a few years ago.
In 2021, Leicester missed out on Champions League qualification on the final day of the season, but head to Brighton on Sunday bottom of the table and are looking for their first win this campaign.
“I’m preparing to reach 40 points and I can’t wait to start working and everyone going in the same direction,” the Leicester manager said. “I felt six months ago that we had to improve the team this summer because every team, no matter how good, has to regenerate.
“Some players when I got here, when I think back to three and a half years ago, some of these boys at that time were being written off at the age of 32 and 33.”
Rodgers continued: “We are three and a half and not much has changed in terms of the starting XI. I knew for six months it would be a problem for us and of course we couldn’t do it [refresh the squad]. But we’re not going to lay down and turn around, we have to find a way now. Our goal this season is to reach 40 points.
Leicester owner King Power International Group, a Thai duty-free retailer, has been badly hit by the global pandemic, while poor recruitment last summer contributed to a bloated squad and huge wage bill. Leicester’s inability to offload fringe players such as Boubakary Soumaré, Jannik Vestergaard and Caglar Soyuncu has hampered their ability to strengthen, with Belgian defender Wout Faes, a direct replacement for Wesley Fofana, the only notable signing. Free agent Alex Smithies, previously from Cardiff, has been signed as the third-choice goalkeeper.