Leicester’s Defence Collapse After Iheanacho’s Substitution

The substitution of Nigeria international, Kelechi Iheanacho, is believed to have led Leicester City to lose to relegation bound Bournemouth, 4-1, despite Leicester opening scoring through Vardy in the 23rd minute of the match.

Leicester City manager, had to explain to the fans why he substituted Iheanacho.

The pivotal substitution of Kelechi Iheanacho was a tactical one, Brendan Rodgers explained after the 4-1 capitulation against Bournemouth.

Iheanacho, who had been heavily involved in Jamie Vardy’s opener, was withdrawn at half-time at the Vitality Stadium, with Rodgers tweaking his system to bring on Dennis Praet.

City had controlled the first half, but said he felt the need to swap a striker for a midfielder to offer more defensive security.

“(Iheanacho) wasn’t having one of his better games,” said Rodgers in his post-match press conference. “The issue for us defensively was on the side of the pitch, because there was a lot of space for Wilf and Youri to cover.

“So we pushed Ayo on, he was playing well, and added an extra midfielder in to help cover.

“But the defeat wasn’t tactical, it was about the spirit.”

He added: “I didn’t see it coming. We didn’t have personality in the second half.