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Brendan Rodgers praises Leicester owners and vows to keep fighting amid worst run in EIGHT YEARS

Brendan Rodgers has reiterated his respect for Leicester City’s owners after a humiliating 6-2 defeat by Tottenham on Saturday night.

The former Celtic boss reiterated his gratitude to the club’s owner despite the Foxes’ worst run in eight years as pressure continues to mount on Rodgers after a shocking start to the season.

Leicester conceded six goals against Spurs to finish 11th from two games as their winless start to the 2022/23 Premier League season continues, with just one draw and six defeats.

Rodgers told SkySports: “Whatever happens I will have a lot of respect for them [the owners] because they gave me great support.

“I understand the game. The score didn’t reflect the game, but all in all it’s a bitter defeat. You have given me excellent support.

“Whatever happens to me at Leicester, whether I stay and keep fighting, I will always respect them.”

‘For 73 minutes it was a good game and we were probably the better team with the chances we created. We were punished for mistakes.’

Leicester had taken the lead through Yuri Tielemans, who was allowed to repeat his missed penalty after VAR confirmed Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris had come off his line to save the first try.

And the visitors equalized at half-time after James Maddison canceled out Eric Dier’s second for the hosts, but the visitors were blown away in the second half, thanks in part to a hat-trick from Son Heung-min off the bench.

But despite a string of horrifying results – his side’s only win was a penalty shoot-out win over new boys from second tier Stockport in the Carabao Cup – the Northern Irishman insists he will remain in the managerial dugout.

He told BBC Sport: “I always believe we can overcome it. You didn’t see a team that lacked confidence today, that’s always a good sign.

“When we were 4-2 down, it was difficult for the players.

“I’ll always keep fighting but I understand the game and losing six in a row isn’t good for anyone.

“But I thought we really dominated the game, especially in the first half, but when the first goal came the players might have had a little déjà vu, but they kept fighting and showing their spirit.”

The high score meant that Leicester had conceded at least five goals in consecutive top flight games for the first time since September 1980, having lost 5–2 to Brighton in Graham Potter’s last game before leaving Chelsea.

Fans spared no time to call for his retirement as Foxes fans look to make Rodgers the league’s third casualty in just seven games earlier in the season.

And the 49-year-old admitted to SkySports that he didn’t ignore comments from elements of his support, adding: “Very much so. I come every day and do my work. I totally understand the frustration of the fans.

“I can’t hide from that. It’s my responsibility.’

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