After the first Premier league match played since Wilfred Ndidi’s injury, Leicester slumped to their fifth defeat of the season against Southampton, putting in an underwhelming performance against a side that they had hammered 9-0 back in October.
The Foxes’ performance was worrying and starkly exposed Brendan Rodgers’ reliance on the brilliant Wilfred Ndidi. Although Jamie Vardy has stolen most of the headlines, the real epicentre of Leicester’s success this season has been the ever-reliable Ndidi, according to 90min.com.
Southampton claimed a deserved victory at the home of the Premier League’s second-placed team courtesy of in-form striker Danny Ings’ late winner.
The Foxes, who were searching for a third successive league win, took an early lead when Dennis Praet tapped in his first goal for the club.
But any thoughts of another easy victory for Brendan Rodgers’ side were quickly dispelled when Stuart Armstrong equalised with a deflected shot.
Ings, who has now scored 10 goals in his last 10 league starts, was a thorn in Leicester’s side all afternoon and having already struck the crossbar twice, he slotted through Kasper Schmeichel’s legs late on.
Leicester thought they had salvaged a draw with a 90th-minute equaliser from Jonny Evans but the video assistant referee (VAR) ruled it out for offside.
“We deserved to win it because we had so many chances. It was a fantastic team performance again,” said Hassenhuttl.
“If you concede the first goal against a team who has previously scored nine against you, you have to be very mentally strong to respond.
“But we left everything on the pitch and we were a little bit unlucky in the first half, so you could feel we had the potential to win the game at half-time.
“We didn’t want to have revenge, we wanted to show ourselves how far we’ve gone in our development.”