Leicester City manager has expressed disappointment over Iheancho’s poor display against Bournemouth and maintained that the pivotal substitution of the Nigerian striker was a tactical one.
Iheanacho, who had been heavily involved in Jamie Vardy’s opener, was withdrawn at half-time at the Vitality Stadium, with Rodgers tweaking his system to bring on Dennis Praet.
But Rodgers told Leicestershire Live after the 4-1 capitulation against Bournemouth that the tactics did not work out as planned.
Kelechi Iheanacho
City had controlled the first half, but the former Celtic gaffer said he felt the need to swap a striker for a midfielder to offer more defensive security.
“(Iheanacho) wasn’t having one of his better games,” said Rodgers in his post-match press conference. “The issue for us defensively was on the side of the pitch, because there was a lot of space for Wilf and Youri to cover.
“So we pushed Ayo on, he was playing well, and added an extra midfielder in to help cover.
“But the defeat wasn’t tactical, it was about the spirit.”
‘I do not comprehend why’ – Leicester City star breaks silence on the red card at Bournemouth
He added: “I didn’t see it coming. We didn’t have a personality in the second half.
“I would say an apology to the supporters, that was unacceptable for a Leicester City team, the reaction to the red card. We lacked the spirit and attitude.”
The meltdown began with Kasper Schmeichel’s poor goal kick and was compounded by Caglar Soyuncu’s red card in what Rodgers described as a “stupid reaction” by the centre-back, who kicked out at Callum Wilson.
Rodger has again maintained his resolve to comb Europe for more striker to beef up the side this summer.
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