July 3, 2020 / 4:32 PM / a month ago

Do not judge Leicester on last four games, says Rodgers

(Reuters) - Leicester City are enjoying a successful campaign and should not be judged on their string of poor results since the season’s resumption after the COVID-19 break, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Friday.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Everton v Leicester City - Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain - July 1, 2020 Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers before the match, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Peter Powell/Pool via REUTERS

Third-placed Leicester have picked up just two points from their last three Premier League games and crashed out of the FA Cup last week after a 1-0 defeat by Chelsea in the quarter-finals.

“We accept collectively we’re in an adverse moment. We haven’t gotten the results we want and the main challenge is to come through that,” Rodgers told reporters ahead of Saturday’s visit from 12th-placed Crystal Palace.

“There’s got to be a sense of perspective. Don’t judge the side based on the last four games but over the course of the whole season. We’re still in a brilliant position. I wouldn’t swap it for any other.”

Jamie Vardy, the league’s joint top scorer with 19 goals, has failed to find the back of the net since the Premier League’s restart but Rodgers brushed off concerns over the striker’s form heading into the final six games of the season.

“I’m not worried about Vardy. He’s been a breath of fresh air ever since I joined the club. His talent and goal-scoring abilities are right up there with the best,” Rodgers, 47, added.

“His form mirrors where the team is at. When he gets opportunities he will take them. We’ve spoken about ways to get him more chances.”

A spike in the city’s COVID-19 cases prompted police to institute a local lockdown on Monday but Rodgers says his side have no concerns over taking the field.

“Nothing has changed. It’s worth pointing out that the city’s been doing everything they can to adhere to local health guidelines and they deserve credit,” he added.

The Leicester boss confirmed playmaker James Maddison is still battling a hip injury and could miss Saturday’s clash.

Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis

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