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Sport Rodgers backs Vardy as Leicester look to stay in top four

06:15  30 june  2020
06:15  30 june  2020 Source:   goal.com

Rodgers backs Vardy as Leicester look to improve goalscoring form

  Rodgers backs Vardy as Leicester look to improve goalscoring form Amid Leicester City's goalscoring struggles, Brendan Rodgers backed forward Jamie Vardy.Since returning to action earlier this month, Leicester have scored just one goal in three games, having bowed out in the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 1-0 loss to Chelsea on Sunday.

The Foxes have struggled since returning to action and their manager has looked to take some pressure off their main striker.

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Jamie Vardy with a football ball © Getty Images

Brendan Rodgers defended Jamie Vardy's form and said his focus was on Leicester City as a whole amid their goalscoring struggles.

Since returning to action earlier this month, Leicester have scored just one goal in three games, having bowed out in the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 1-0 loss to Chelsea on Sunday.

Vardy is without a goal in those three games, but has scored 19 times in 33 matches this season, to go with six assists.

Asked about the forward's form, Rodgers backed Vardy and said he wanted more from his entire attack, not just the Englishman.

"There's lots of focus on Jamie, but this is not just about Jamie, this is the responsibility of the team and it's my responsibility to find ways in which we can find ways to increase our goalscoring," he told a news conference.

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Rodgers felt that anguish last season when, two months after his appointment, he suffered his first home defeat as Leicester manager – at the hands of Rafael Under the Frenchman it often got to the point where if opponents gave Jamie Vardy nowhere to go, Leicester looked a little lost, which may

Leicester 2Watford0. Vardy (55' minutes pen) Brendan Rodgers ' reign at Leicester got off to a losing start with a 2-1 defeat at Watford back in March midfielder tried to stamp his mark on the team by switching from a back five to a back four and it certainly led to an improved defensive display from the Hornets as We will do our best ( to stay in top two), we fight and work and see where it takes us."

"It's the responsibility of everyone. I think if you look at his record in terms of his goals and what he has done up until this point, he hasn't needed a lot of action, he's a true finisher.

"He is not one of those players who is involved in the link-up, in the game. That's not his strength. His strength is in the box and running from deep in behind.

"Of course we want to get him more service, but we are looking at ways to develop and get our wingers back to being involved and scoring and creating goals, and of course our midfield players.

"A lot of spotlight [is] on Jamie, but it is not just the striker, it's the team's contribution. So that's something we need to improve."

Leicester City, who are third in the table, are away to Everton in the Premier League on Wednesday with fourth-place Chelsea one point behind the Foxes, while Wolves are also lurking three points back in fifth.

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Their position in the top four looks secure, with this result leaving them 14 points clear of fifth-place “We got our authority and personality back ,” Rodgers said. Barnes created and scored the Vardy , as it happened, soon had to limp off but Leicester increased their lead before the break, Barnes

Live updates as Rodgers and Lampard eye place in final four . 87 min Can Leicester create one last chance? I’m surprised Iheanacho is still sat at the side, but in the meantime Albrighton slings over another fine cross that doesn’t quite pick out a Leicester brow.

Despite the battle for a top-four spot heating up, star defender Caglar Soyuncu has stressed Leicester aren't worried about possibly dropping down the ladder.

"We are not that concerned about that at all [dropping out of top four]," he told Sky Sports. "We only played two games, we drew two. Yeah, it would have been better if we'd won them both but we are where we are.

"We are going to do our best to play better and I believe we will do. We are a good enough team, we are motivated and we will be going forwards with these positive ideas."

Rodgers: Liverpool title win an incredible moment in club's history .
Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions on Thursday and Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers was delighted for his former club.The Reds' 30-year drought was ended after Manchester City's loss to Chelsea on Thursday left Jurgen Klopp's side with an unassailable 23-point lead.

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