Leicester vs Bournemouth: Why I Substituted Iheanacho – Brendan Rodgers
Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers, has explained why he substituted Kelechi Iheanacho at halftime leading to their 4-1 loss to Bournemouth on Sunday.
He said Iheanacho’s substitution which was pivotal in the defeat, was a tactical one.
Leicester headed to the break leading Bournemouth 1-0 after several missed opportunities to kill off the game.
The Foxes came into the second half without Iheanacho who played a big part in Jamie Vardy’s opener.
Iheanacho was withdrawn at half-time at the Vitality Stadium, with Rodgers tweaking his system to bring on Dennis Praet.
Leicester had controlled the first half, but Rodgers said he felt the need to swap a striker for a midfielder to provide more defensive security.
The manager’s plan did not work, as his team ended up conceding four in the second half in a meltdown that may define the season.
“(Iheanacho) wasn’t having one of his better games,” Rodgers said in his post-match press conference.
“The issue for us defensively was on the side of the pitch, because there was a lot of space for Wilf and Youri to cover,” he said.