Youri Tielemans admits that life is “difficult” at Leicester, with the team bottom of the Premier League table.
The Foxes earned just one point from their opening seven games, having lost six in a row. The recent 5-2 and 6-2 defeats against Brighton and Tottenham respectively increased the pressure on coach Brendan Rodgers’ attack.
Tielemans are focused on securing a spot in the Belgian squad ahead of the winter World Cup in Qatar – but the Leicester midfielder says it is difficult to dismiss the club’s poor domestic form while on international duty .
“I’m happy to breathe the fresh air here [with Belgium] because it is difficult at Leicester at the moment,” the midfielder told a Belgian press conference. It is clear that things are not going well at the club. We are doing everything we can as a team.
“At Leicester, successive defeats have affected us as a group. We need to benefit from this break to recharge our batteries. It’s hard to get rid of it because it just keeps running through our heads. Only my kids sometimes stop me from thinking about it.”
Tielemans is linked with a move away from Leicester, with current Premier League leaders Arsenal interested in the 25-year-old before that interest cools down at the end of the summer.
The Belgian midfielder’s contract at Leicester is due to expire at the end of this season but he has opted to stay at the King Power Stadium for the current campaign.
Tielemans insists he has no regrets about his decision to stay, despite the club’s low league position.
“I wouldn’t say too much about my contract situation at the moment,” he added. “I don’t leave Leicester in the summer because I always say the project has to be right.
“Just because things are getting worse now at Leicester doesn’t mean I should regret it [staying]. “
Rodgers insists he will respect whatever decision Leicester’s owners make about his future after pressure on his manager position mounted once again with the loss. 6-2 on Saturday at the hands of Tottenham.
The Foxes took an early lead in north London but individual errors and continued inability to defend sets saw them suffer their second heaviest defeat in as many games.
Leicester have conceded 25 times from set pieces since the start of last season – more than any other team in the Premier League – and the 22 they have conceded this campaign more than any other team. any other of the top four leagues.
Rodgers admits the stats “didn’t work out well” for him or Leicester and admitted he was unsure if he would continue at the King Power Stadium after the upcoming international break. come or not.
“I don’t know, to be honest,” Rodgers said. “Whatever their [the owners’] The decision is, I will always respect it.
“I think we’ve seen enough. I felt the team tonight, if you watch them play in the first half, you can see confidence and creativity. It’s just cutting out mistakes.
“There’s no doubt we’ve had a tough first seven games, especially after the summer we’ve had – Tottenham away, Arsenal away, Chelsea away, Manchester United at home and a couple of other games that we should have won.
“It [the international break] Maybe it’s a good time to reset things, break the cycle from the summer. Owners will do what they feel needs to be done.
“I’m not too baffled, I know football, and the last six games have not had great reading. But I’m confident that the team can go on and climb the table if they play like they did for the majority of the time. and eliminate mistakes.”