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Gary Neville concerned for Leicester’s top four chances after defeat to West Ham

Gary Neville concerned for Leicester’s top four chances after defeat to West Ham

Foxes stumble

Yesterday was not a good day for Leicester City. Not only did the club fall to a 3-2 defeat to West Ham, leaving them only one point ahead of them in the race for the Champions League places, but there was also the news that three of their players breeched Covid protocols.

Today, Gary Neville in his podcast has discussed whether or not he thinks Leicester will make the top 4 or if they will face a similar end to the season as last year, when their form dropped and they missed out on Europe’s premier club competition.

 

Neville said;

“I worry about Leicester. I remember before Monday Monday Night Football and thinking that Leicester would get into the top four. If you ask me now, five or six days later, I’m saying no (they won’t get top 4). I think they could really struggle in the next few weeks. 

“There was an issue with the team selection at West Ham, but it’s also an issue because it’s three players in your dressing roon, and what impact does it have at this stage of the season.”

“They’re seeing those clubs just creep up on them now. Chelsea are waiting, Liverpool are waiting. It will be a big effort for Leicester – I hope they do it, because it would cement the work Brendan Rodgers has done over a couple of years at Leicester, but looking at them now, they could go again.”

“They are wobbling. West Ham look stronger than them at the moment.” 

Rodgers Disappointment

Gary Neville concerned for Leicester’s top four chances after defeat to West Ham

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers interviewed after the final whistle during the Premier League match at the London Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday April 11, 2021. (Photo by John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images)

Rodgers has said he is “bitterly disappointed” with James Maddison, Hamza Choudhury and Ayoze Perez after the three players breeched Covid protocols.

“My objective coming into Leicester was to create a standard on and off the pitch. The standards fell way below what we expect, in particular at this stage of the season when we’re fighting to finish off an exciting season. The guys who weren’t involved in the squad today would have been. As a consequence of the behaviour they weren’t.”

“That’s how strongly I felt. There are some things that are more important than football. You have to respect what the nation are going through. We have to respect what our values are. It’s gone now and they’ll rejoin us next week. I was bitterly disappointed. But it’s a mistake. I won’t hold it against them.”

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This article was edited by Tom Canton.

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