Brendan Rodgers explains why Leicester City don’t miss Manchester United defender Harry Maguire
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has explained why the Foxes haven’t struggled defensively despite losing star man Harry Maguire to Manchester United during the summer transfer window.
After an excellent campaign for club and country, Maguire was identified as the perfect addition to the United back line, the Reds paid a world-record fee to prise him from the King Power Stadium.
In his absence, Leicester have flourished, sitting third in the Premier League table, only two points behind Manchester City.
On the other hand, United sit 10th after the defeat to Bournemouth, 10 points behind Rodgers’ men.
Speaking after their win against Crystal Palace, the Leicester boss hailed his current crop of defenders as the main reason they’ve coped following Maguire’s departure.
Asked why losing the England international hasn’t impacted defensive performances, Rodgers told beINSPORTS: “Because defending isn’t about one player – it’s about the collective.
“We’ve got very good players that understand our plan and are very focused.
“They know fundamentally to attack well, you have to be able to defend well, and that’s the team – not just one player.
“Young Cags [Soyuncu] has come in and he’s been excellent but the team has defended very well.
“It’s a collective as opposed to just one player.”