‘I don’t think Tottenham won the game’ – Brendan Rodgers hits out at Leicester defeat

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Japhet Tanganga
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Brendan Rodgers has claimed that Tottenham did not win the game last night, but rather his side presented them with the three points. 

Tottenham produced a historic comeback at the King Power Stadium, with no side in Premier League historic managing to win a match after trailing so late on (Optus Sport).

Steven Bergwijn’s late winner sent the Spurs players and travelling fans into an absolute frenzy, while Antonio Conte and his coaching staff also going berserk on the touchline. 

Conte insisted after the game that his side deserved all three points for their performance and praised his players for not giving up until the end. 

However, as one would expect, his opposite number, Rodgers, was fuming at the manner in which his side threw the result away.

He was critical of Youri Tielemans for giving the ball away to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the dying minutes of stoppage time and insisted that his players needed to manage the game better.

The Leicester boss told BT Sport 2 (19/01/22 – 21:30 onwards): “It was 93 minutes of really good work. We showed good resilience in defence. The goals we scored were terrific.

“To concede the equaliser was disappointing to happen so late, but the winner was a very poor goal to concede. It is hard to not have taken anything from the game.

“It’s managing the game. Fundamentally, we missed out on key moments leading to the second goal and the third goal, Youri [Tielemans] knows he can never make that pass, it was really naive from him.

“That was a great opportunity tonight, but you have to see that through. I don’t think Tottenham won the game, we presented them the three points. It’s bitterly disappointing but we have to get back on the training pitch and again for the weekend.”

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While that manner of the win will significantly boost Tottenham’s morale, losing such a game would have likely shattered Leicester’s confidence. So, it cannot have been easy for Rodgers to give a post-match interview when his emotions were still so raw. 

So, I can understand where he is coming from with his comments. That pass by Tielemans was unbelievably poor, both in terms of the idea and execution, particularly given that Spurs had bodies up the pitch ready to counter-attack.

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