DrDuring his pre-season trip to France, Brendan Rodgers wanted to take his Leicester side out of their comfort zone, take his players for a walk on the glacier and climb up Mont Blanc. After two grueling days of double sessions, they left Evian-les-Bains at 7:30 a.m. for Chamonix, at the foot of the highest peak in Western Europe, to get ready with straps and helmets before traveling to the Italian Alps.
“I think they all enjoyed the experience,” Rodgers says. “wings [Jamie Vardy]And, as he does, he likes to chase the weak on the cable car and there was some screaming…when you go up, it’s over! The whole thing was that this season can be a tough season for us. But if you want to reach and reach the highest point, you have to survive those moments.
Players were divided into different teams, each assigned a guide, and Lester found comfort in their expedition leader, Raj Joshi, who was a brilliant adventurer David Beckham sailed through the Amazon. But a little trepidation was inevitable as some members of the group had never encountered snow before, and the club’s photographer strapped on Rodgers, worried about the repercussions of one wrong move. For Rodgers, who climbed Kilimanjaro as manager of Swansea to raise money for the fight against cancer, this was an opportunity for his team to connect more closely.
“I just wanted to do something different to spend the week. They wouldn’t normally do this, but they would remember it. I always try to give them some kind of life experience. A lot of these guys are in a bubble: they’re training and working out. It was something different and it opens her mind.”
It’s been 15 months since Leicester missed a Champions League place on the last day, and Rodgers was determined to get his side back into European stadiums after a frustrating season hampered by injuries to Vardy and the number one defender Wesley Fofana. Jonny Evans finished eighth. The only current long-term injury is defender Ricardo Pereira, who has undergone surgery to rupture his Achilles tendon and will be out for six months.
Rodgers was eager to give his side a healthy jolt, but that has yet to materialize – Leicester are the only team in Europe’s top five to not sign a deal – despite wanting to add a ball-playing center back and one right striker who also targeted the England winger under 21-year-old Noni Madwicki, who Leicester faced in the Europa League last season. “I knew exactly six months ago what we needed, what we wanted, and what the team is screaming for,” Rodgers says. “If I don’t understand, I should do my best.”
Leicester are in a difficult position where they need to sell to buy, so Rodgers insists they are not being picked up by rivals. Leicester’s next accounts are expected to see major losses and the bloated squad will have to be renewed amid financial fair play concerns, although ideally not at the cost of losing their greatest fortune. Chelsea made no secret of their interest in Fofana and Newcastle played with James Madison and Harvey Barnes. Arsenal may drop that late to join Yuri Tillmans, who could sign a pre-contract with a European club in January. The departure of Kasper Schmeichel, one of the highest-earning players, 11 years after Nice removed some of the pressure from the payroll, but could use important players such as Yannick Westergaard, Popakari Somare and Ryan Bertrand, who have brought 22 years together. The league starts from its arrival last summer. Hamza Chowdhury and Ayoz Perez are also consumers.
One of Rodgers’ priorities was to improve Leicester’s set-piece record, as they conceded 19 goals last season, including a league-highest 16 from corner kicks. Rodgers calculated that if they gave up half of the set pieces they would have finished in the top six. The club hopes to complete the arrival of a set-piece coach, but the move has been held up by red tape due to Brexit regulations.
“Last season was horrible, that’s the truth,” Rodgers says. “There’s no getting around that – we can’t hide it, it wasn’t good enough. We saw a difference in that in pre-season. It really comes off the mindset of the players and knowing that every situation is an opportunity to win or lose a game from a set-piece.” .
At Madison, who scored 12 goals and provided eight assists last season, Leicester, who host Brentford on Sunday, have changed the rules of the game. “He comes into every game with the confidence and character he plays – he doesn’t wait for the pressures of the game to go,” Rodgers said. “do you see [some] Players, they wait for the game to drop one or two rates to zero and then start playing and you see their talent. The hallmark of top players is that they want to assert themselves right from the start of the game and James has a special gift for that. He goes to every game thinking he can make a difference.”