Brendan Rodgers & # 39; Leicester has been challenged by Pool / Getty Images since the return of the Premier League
Leicester City was one of the most entertaining teams in the Premier League before football was suspended.
Brendan Rodgers had his team playing fast, exciting, offensive (and of course honest) football, and it brought results and entertainment in equal measure.
After losing their shape after Christmas, the Foxes appeared to be back in top form in the last game before football's three-month hiatus when Jamie Vardy scored a double in their 4-0 win over Aston Villa.
Vardy scored twice when Leicester Aston Villa comfortably defeated Malcolm Couzens / Getty Images in March
The result left Leicester comfortably seated in the Champions League, eight points ahead of Manchester United fifth. They also had a home game in the FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea on the horizon.
Fast forward three and a half months of social distance, NHS clapping and toilet paper hoarding, and the gap between the Foxes and fifth place was narrowed to just three points (although Leicester has a game in hand), they said goodbye to The FA Cup and Vardy still have to find the back of the net.
After losing to Chelsea in the FA Cup, Brendan Rodgers did what Brendan Rodgers did best – praising the character of his team – and insisted that the performance of the previous two Premier League games be improved.
And there was in the first half. But while Frank Lampard made three substitutions at half-time, Rodgers did little to influence the game when it started to slip. After he was in the lead in the first half, his team looked a bit lackluster in the second half.
Leicester lacked intensity Pool / Getty Images against Chelsea in the last third
Leicester missed James Maddison. No one else on the pitch was able to instinctively find a Vardy run with a probing pass or to hover between the opposing foursome and midfield and give it a creative glow. Maddison's absence somehow explains why Leicester felt they lacked a bit of an impulse to attack.
Maddison had been present, however, when Leicester hobbled a draw in the first two games since the Premier League resumed against Brighton and Watford.
They were performances without sparks and energy. In both games, the foxes only collected two shots at the target. After being the third highest goalscorers in the Premier League before the lockdown, they have scored only once in three games since then.
The bigger loss was Ricardo Pereira. The looting full back is out of the question for the rest of the season due to a cruciate ligament injury, and the foxes desperately miss him when he loots the right flank. You will feel flatter without him.
Pereira offers Leicester something different at Visionhaus / Getty Images
Is Leicester's slow start simply due to the fact that football's three-month absence impairs its dynamics?
On the contrary, the cracks had been showing for some time when they hit four after the leaky defense of the Premier League.
Since New Year's, Leicester has only won twice in the league – against relegation-threatened West Ham and Aston Villa – and with a surprising exit from the Carabao Cup in the semi-finals they missed an excellent chance of silverware.
During that time, they lost to Norwich and Burnley, and before their all-out win over Villa, Leicester had spent 270 minutes without scoring in the top division.
Rodgers and Leicester have had problems Michael Regan / Getty Images since the turn of the year
The foxes soon peaked. After such a great start to the season, the teams started to find out. Leicester's unpredictability has disappeared.
The zipper and the intensity decrease and their self-confidence follows. This is not the team of Brendan Rodgers from Leicester, who was captivated by neutrality at the beginning of the season. There are shades of Claude Puel's unimaginative outfit.
In November, when the Foxes were in an irresistible form, you probably would only have considered swapping their striker line for the top three in Liverpool. You were so unstoppable.
Suddenly the attacks from Manchester City, Chelsea, Wolves and Manchester United look much stronger.
After Leicester has spent the first half of the season optimistic about Liverpool at the Premier League summit, Leicester's last seven games will consist of fearful looks over his shoulder at the rapidly approaching chase package.