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Brendan Rodgers’ message to Leicester boo-boys ahead of crunch Europa League tie

Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City side were booed at half-time and full-time during their 3-0 home loss to Chelsea at the weekend and the Foxes boss has responded

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Brendan Rodgers has appealed to Leicester fans to get behind his side and be with them, “rather than against us”.

The FA Cup winners were booed during and after a 3-0 home loss to Champions League holders Chelsea in the Premier League.

The Foxes have come fifth the last two seasons but find themselves 12th after one point from three games.

They now face a crunch home tie with Legia Warsaw in the Europa League needing victory to boost hopes of topping Group C to qualify automatically for the last 16.

Asked if he had a message for the club’s supporters, boss Rodgers, in charge since February 2019, said: “For me it is about encouraging the team.

“We all understand the frustrations but I only ask for a little perspective.

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Brendan Rodgers has reaffirmed his commitment to Leicester amid links with Manchester United
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“These players have given so much in the last couple of years and given some great joy to the supporters.

“But always we have to be together.

“The King Power Stadium is a really difficult place for teams to come and play when you have that synergy in the supporters and the team.

“When the team are suffering a little bit with consistency, then that encouragement will help them.

“That is important.

“Bring that incredible passion and support and really encourage the team and we will need that.

“That will always give us a chance and we need them for us rather than against us.

“The only way we make that better is continually working at the highest level you can be.”






Brendan Rodgers lifted the FA Cup with Leicester last term but this term is proving challenging

Leicester ’s form has not been helped by a long-term injuries to star defenders Wesley Fofana and James Justin.

While other players like young duo James Maddison and Harvey Barnes are struggling to replicate their best form.

It has led to a frank dressing room inquest this week at City’s £100million training ground.

Spanish attacker Ayoze Perez,28, revealed: “They’ve been very honest and open conversations, which is very important.

“We know we are struggling in terms of results and even performing but we are focused on what we can change to get the results we all want.

“It was a disappointing result against Chelsea but the main thing is the mentality.

“That is what we are missing from a couple of seasons ago, the mentality and resilience.”







Ayoze Perez is looking to fire Leicester up the table in Group C against Legia Warsaw
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Leicester have an ideal opportunity to get a morale-boosting win as second-placed Warsaw are on a six-game losing streak in the Polish League – their worst run in 85 years.

Perez added: “The manager is trying to make us think about the basics, that is the right idea in this situation.

“You have to try not to overthink and over do things.”

Perez insisted Rodgers is still giving everything for Leicester despite links with the Manchester United vacancy.

“What he has showed us, he is totally focused on where we can improve,” said Perez.

“We are not thinking about anything else, not him either.”

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