‘We still have it in our hands to achieve a dream’: Brendan Rodgers insists Leicester will arrest their slump in form to secure a Champions League place after a narrow defeat by Everton
- Leicester’s grip on Champions League places loosened after defeat at Everton
- Brendan Rodgers believes his side can still achieve their European ambitions
- The Foxes have collected just two points since the restart of the Premier League
- Rodgers was also unhappy after a penalty was given for Wilfred Ndidi’s handball
The Foxes have now collected just two points from their three Premier League games since the competition resumed after losing 2-1 at Everton.
Rodgers’ side were third going into the game but their grip on a Champions League place is loosening with the chasing pack closing in.
Brendan Rodgers insisted Leicester are still well placed to achieve Champions League football
The Leicester manager said: ‘How we have performed for the best part of this season has got us into a strong position.
‘Our form hasn’t been the best for a period now but we still have it in our hands to achieve what would be a dream for us, getting into the top four. But we can only get that if the performance is right.’
Leicester were stung early on by a 10th-minute strike from Richarlison and fell further behind six minutes later to a Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty.
The Foxes fell to defeat against Everton after goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson
The visitors rallied after the break and replied through Kelechi Iheanacho but could not convert their late pressure into an equaliser.
Rodgers said: ‘We were much much better in the second half and that makes it equally frustrating because we set out to start with that tempo.
‘That is something that has crept back into our game – we haven’t started quickly enough.
‘After controlling possession we found ourselves a goal behind but it was early, we could get ourselves back into the game. But I thought the penalty was harsh and in this environment it can be difficult to come back from 2-0 down.’
Rodgers’ side were third before the game but are slipping in the race to finish in the top four
The Leicester manager was unhappy after Everton were handed a penalty from a handball
Rodgers was unhappy with the penalty, awarded for handball against Wilfred Ndidi after a lengthy VAR check.
He said: ‘I think it was so harsh but we have had a few of those we haven’t got. It was certainly not clear and obvious.’
Everton are looking upwards after a second successive win. With six games remaining, the Europa League places are firmly in reach.
Carlo Ancelotti also has his sights firmly upwards with Everton also holding European dreams
Manager Carlo Ancelotti said: ‘That is what we wanted from this game – three points.
‘I think the first half was good for us but then they changed their shape and we had more difficulty with (James) Maddison. The second half was difficult.
‘We were a little worried and didn’t play as well as we did in the first half but in the end the the points give us the possibility to continue the dream.
‘The next game will be important but we have to be there to fight for a place in Europe.’