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Brendan Rodgers told to “change something up” after Man City mauling

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Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer has called on Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers to ‘change something up’ from set-pieces as the way they defended them against Manchester City is ‘never going to work’.

Leicester had recovered to 4-3 down by almost matching the hosts’ four unanswered first-half goals with three of their own in reply before the frequent set-piece failings reared their head once again to put pay to any hopes of an equaliser.

First Aymeric Laporte rose highest to restore a two-goal lead, then Raheem Sterling was on hand to divert Ruben Dias’ knockdown past Kasper Schmeichel to hit the Foxes for six.

Speaking on the Premier Leaguehighlights show on Sunday night, the former Newcastle United manager analysed Leicester’s woes from dead-ball situations.

“It’s a mismatch,” is what Shearer dubbed the defending for Laporte’s goal. “You’ve got [Youri] Tielemans and [Kelechi] Iheanacho picking up Laporte and Dias. It’s never gonna work. They’re always gonna get battered in the air.

“The same thing again [for the sixth], almost identical. Different corner, same ball, same header. This time Sterling gets his goal.

After analysing clips of the goals, a graphic titled ‘Leicester’s set-piece woes’ flashed up that showed Rodgers ‘ side had conceded the most goals from them this season.

The 12 they have let in so far is one more than Crystal Palace and four more than the next nearest trio of Everton, Southampton and Watford with eight.

After addressing the graphic, the show resumed the analysis.

“They’ve got to change something up,” Shearer stated. “Because if you bypass those two centre-halves, who are in the zonal marking position, you’ve got no one behind you who can protect and head a ball.

“They’ve got to change something because, for the last two years, it’s not working.”

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