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‘We lacked belief’ – Rodgers reacts as Leicester are brushed aside by impressive Chelsea

Leicester City’s worrying run of form continued as they were soundly beaten at home by an impressive Chelsea side on Saturday afternoon.

Having been held by Burnley last time out, the European champions appeared in no mood to drop points again, making a dominant start straight from the off with former Leicester man Ben Chilwell striking the crossbar inside four minutes.

The England international was then involved again as the Blues did make the breakthrough soon after, swinging in a super delivery from a corner with Antonio Rudiger heading home with relative ease for his second goal of the campaign.

Another former Foxes star N’Golo Kante then saw his effort denied by the onrushing Kasper Schmeichel after a stunning pass from midfield partner Jorginho, before the Frenchman did eventually make it 2-0 after gliding his way up the pitch and unleashing a fierce effort on his left foot.

In truth, the hosts had been second best for much of the half, with the visitors domination continuing after the break as Chilwell went close with a driven effort, before compatriot Callum Hudson-Odoi lashed an effort over the bar after cutting in well off the left flank.

At the other end, Daniel Amartey saw his ambitious long-range effort superbly saved by Edouard Mendy, before Chelsea extended their lead through Christian Pulisic, the USA international latching onto a pullback from fellow substitute Hakim Ziyech to prod home at the end of an excellent team move.

The visitors then saw strikes from Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi and Reece James all correctly ruled out for offside, as Thomas Tuchel’s men coasted to a commanding victory to move six points clear at the top of the table.

Speaking after the match, Rodgers admitted that his side are low on confidence after a dismal run of league form, although remained full of praise for his player’s ‘attitude’.

“We conceded a disappointing goal for the corner that gave them confidence, you can see why they are European champions, they have physicality, technique and aggression,” Rodgers told BT Sport.

“We lacked that belief, we resurrected that at half time and the attitude was much better in the second half, I was much happier in the second half.

“There are issues we can deal with (on zonal marking) that put us on the back foot. We have to defend set pieces better.

“We needed to change the momentum so Madders and Kelechi gave us a bit more physicality and ability to protect the ball.

“The attitude is amazing but confidence is not where it has been. It is my job to bring that back, it has been difficult for us this season but that responsibility starts with me so I have to find a solution for it.”

Leicester are next in action at home to Legia Warsaw in the Europa League on Thursday, before they take on Claudio Ranieri’s Watford on Sunday in the Premier League.

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