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Brendan Rodgers spells out demands to get Leicester cooking on gas again

Leicester progressed in the EFL Cup in midweek at Millwall but lost their previous Premier League game at Brighton

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Brendan Rodgers says Leicester must turn up the “temperature” to make their Premier League form red-hot again.

Last season’s FA Cup winners have made an average start in the top-flight with five points from six games.

The Foxes have enjoyed successive fifth place finishes in the Premier League but now have had the fewest shots on goal of any team this season with just 43.

Rodgers was unhappy with their lacklustre first half display at Brighton last week where they crashed to a third loss in a 2-1 defeat.

Boss Rodgers has now spelt out exactly where his side can improve ahead of Burnley ’s visit on Saturday.

The City boss said: “I get the sense people think we are halfway through the season but we are actually five games in.

“It is still very early.

“We would have liked to have won every single game.

“Players are human, they will make mistakes, I will make mistakes.

“But we will do everything we can to be better in our next game.



Brendan Rodgers guided Leicester to their first FA Cup trophy last season
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“We need to be more intense in our game.

“We need to create more opportunities.

“We need to be stronger defensively.

“When I analysed the Brighton game, we had a good start in terms of the ball but it wasn’t fast enough.

“We need to be quicker in the game and more intense.

“When we turned the temperature up at half-time , second half we came out and saw a different team.

“That is the mentality – you can’t ease yourself into games.

“Our strength for us is when we start from that first whistle and we press and we go and make life really difficult for teams.

“When we do that, that is when we look a really good side.

“Collectively we can be better in all aspects of our game and that is something i think will keep improving as hopefully the season goes on.”



Despite Leicester’s lack of shots, Vardy has three goals already this term
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Despite Leicester ’s lack of shots, Vardy,34, has three goals already this term.

Rodgers added: “Jamie is always looking to prove a point, that is his mentality.

“But that is what you want from players.

“You don’t want them satisfied and you want them to have ambition.

“For him that is in his nature.

“His own will is he wants to be the best he can be.”




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