Brendan Rodgers press conference comments on Steve Bruce – You have to laugh
Brendan Rodgers has been speaking to the media on Wednesday afternoon.
The Leicester boss giving his update ahead of the visit of Newcastle United to the King Power.
Leicester set to face Newcastle on Friday night at 8pm.
Brendan Rodgers tasted defeat in his first Leicester match against Newcastle United, Ayoze Perez the only goal as Rafa Benitez’ team won 1-0 in April 2019, following up the 2-1 NUFC victory (Shelvey and Perez scoring) at the King Power the season before.
However, Brendan Rodgers has found facing Steve Bruce a more attractive proposition, with four wins out of four so far.
Last season, it was an embarrassing 5-0 defeat for Newcastle at the King Power, whilst there were also defeats for Bruce in both the Premier League and the League Cup at St James Park. In January (2021) it was another easy win for Leicester on Tyneside, the scoreline only 2-1 to the visitors but it could and should have been a lot more.
An embarrassing gulf between the two clubs this season, as Brendan Rodgers has Leicester in third and looking to confirm Champions League football next season. Whilst Steve Bruce has Newcastle fourth bottom of the Premier League and hoping for a win to help get Premier League safety, NUFC currently on a run of only four wins in twenty five matches (all competitions).
Brendan Rodgers talking about Steve Bruce ahead of Friday night, saying: ‘Steve Bruce has done an outstanding job. He’s limited in budget there. The expectation at Newcastle is huge…he’s shown throughout his career that he’s an excellent manager.’
A bit of a waste of time as always, with every single manager coming out with meaningless positive comments about their opposite number, no matter what the circumstances.
Brendan Rogers took over Leicester in February 2019 and that season the Foxes finished ninth in the Premier League, seven points above thirteenth placed Newcastle United.
Steve Bruce got the Newcastle job in July 2019 and the two managers have had four transfer windows each, Bruce allowed a net spend of over £100m, whilst Brendan Rodgers only has a net spend of £18m in that same time period.
Yet a massive 27 points and 14 places in the table separate the two clubs, Leicester fans looking forward to Champions League football under Brendan Rodgers, Newcastle fans still not sure of Premier League survival under Steve Bruce.
“Steve Bruce has done an outstanding job.
“He’s limited in budget there.
“The expectation at Newcastle is huge.
“He’s got them organised and he’s shown throughout his career that he’s an excellent manager.”
Brendan Rodgers on Friday’s 1-1 draw at Southampton when the Saints had to play almost the entire match with 10 men:
“Maybe before the game, we’d have taken that.
“Given the circumstances of the game, we could have done better.
“We’ve analysed it and move on.
“Our mentality doesn’t change, we come into the Newcastle game wanting to win.
“The tempo of our game will be important.
“I don’t think we started well enough in the Southampton game.
“They went to ten men but we didn’t play with the right intensity until they scored.
“That’s something we’ll look at.
“It’s an exciting end to the season.
“We’re looking up.
“We want to go and enjoy it.
“It’s not only a business for them (the owners of Leicester City), it’s all based around taking care of the fans and making sure the supporters are proud of their club.”
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