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  1. I don’t think our poor form is quite so fundamental a problem as people are suggesting. Undoubtedly, the Liverpool Boxing Day defeat knocked our confidence and the loss of Ndidi and Vardy disrupted our rhythm and forced us to play a different way. When they returned, they weren’t fit enough, and the Aston Villa cup defeat followed so confidence really dipped. Finally, the lockdown cut short any feel good factor from the defeat of Villa and the team looks rather lost. Rodgers is searching for something to trigger a renaissance, and got it tactically wrong against Brighton, but he’s experimenting in the hope that a spark will be created. Unfortunately, our next match is against a Chelsea team fresh from beating Man City, so much as I’d love it to be otherwise, I fear the revival won’t happen there. However, I’d be genuinely surprised if it didn’t happen at all.
  2. No. We now spend about the G7 average on healthcare but a bit less as a % of GDP than in the 2000s and around 2015 it was lower than the average. We all benefit from good public services and countries that have them are richer than us on the whole. The countries with the worst public services are in Africa. Austerity apologists like this fella are isolated voices in the current climate and even the government is anti-austerity these days. Some people have no moral compass and a deeply cynical view of human nature which reflects more on their own bitterness towards the world than anything else.
  3. But were they too nice in the first half of the season or have they just become nice since Christmas. The fact remains they were brilliant earlier in the season and now they aren’t and bad luck is unlikely to be the reason. Some say it’s a lack of confidence but there’s no reason to lack confidence when you’ve done so well. Time and again people will trot out the argument that they should be motivated, playing for Leicester should be all the motivation they need, or in this case Champions League should motivate players but fear is a greater motivator than pleasure and there’s been little fear when they’re 10 points clear. Simply saying young players will always have their ups and downs or they over performed in the first half of the season so now they’re underperforming in the second half is not an explanation as to why it happened at Christmas and has been so pronounced since then. Lack of motivation is plausible and Man City have suffered from the same. If your league season appears effectively over by January you’re bound to lack the intensity that comes from being in a tight race.
  4. I wondered about the Carabou Cup defeat but I think by that time the pattern had been set and the team just assumed they could the turn the tap back on, but it’s not as simple as that. Villa were clever enough to see we were vulnerable and our players are talented but a little naive at times. The good news is that if I’m right we will probably come back into form on Weds. Let’s hope so.
  5. So some prefer to think it’s just bad luck or blame Rodgers, while others make sweeping platitudes like ‘all young teams are inconsistent’ without suggesting why. i knew someone would fall back on ‘well it should be enough motivation’ or ‘they’re well paid professionals’ argument but that gets us nowhere. Motivation is complex and largely internally generated. It stems from our sense of self worth and the avoidance of pain as much as ambition. Young players want to ‘make it’ but when they have they often have a moment of reflection on why they want this and whether it’s enough. Its common enough and the good news is that a wise manager knows this and doesn’t panic. Some posts here however prefer to blame.
  6. The last 48 hours have seen a lot soul searching on this forum but it seems to me the most plausible explanation for our post Christmas slump is ver simple; we lack motivation. Until Christmas anything was possible, after it the most probable outcome of a top 4 finish became evident and the poor form of our nearest rivals reinforced that impression. Subconsciously, there was little to play for. We weren’t going to win the league, we certainly weren’t going to be relegated, we were almost certainly going to improve on last season and there was a very good chance we were going to qualify for the Champions League. I’m sure the players were keen to avoid complacency but these things are almost beyond our control. Put simply, in a 50:50 challenge or before a big match, the extra determination to come out on top comes from within and fear or the prospect of glory drives that feeling. All the clues are there, a lack of intensity, a certain adversity to risk, few goals in the last 10 minutes and saving the best performances for the best teams. The answer is a mix of fear of losing the Champions League spot and desire for FA Cup glory. Success on Weds is as important for that reason as to win the cup itself. Some may say they get paid too much for this to happen but the brain works the same way regardless. The danger, which we are currently encountering, is that once in a rut confidence falls and becoming motivated again doesn’t work.
  7. Conspiracy theories are an attempt by stupid people to appear intelligent. With literally no evidence whatsoever, you make a sweeping assertion that falls apart within seconds of being glanced at. You claim to be honest and unbiased (as a Leicester fan while commenting on a decision that went against us) while claiming everyone in authority in the game is acting in one huge anti-Leicester conspiracy. ’Infamy, infamy, they all have it infamy’
  8. Football is more popular than at any time since the post war boom. The English Premier League is the most successful and entertaining in the world. Grounds are safer and more family friendly and relative to wages ticket prices have fallen in the last 10 years. As for Leicester, the club is easily the strongest and most successful it’s ever been. The O Neil era was great at the time because it was the first properly successful period since the early 60s but taken overall, the team is now far better and Claridge would be the first to admit it.
  9. Oh those good old days when Man Utd and Chelsea outspent everyone instead of Man City. It wasn’t much different my friend and I’m fact smaller clubs are finishing higher up the idea in recent years. But you were young, less weary or cynical back then and now you’ve seen it all before and a less wide eyed.
  10. Be honest with yourself. You’re getting older and believe everything was better when you were young. The mind filters out the bad memories and leaves us with warm tinted good ones but don’t be fooled. You may have been happier back then, but that’s not the same as football being better.
  11. People are bitter and angry so it’s no time for sober analysis. We lost a semifinal we were expected to win and the players will be really hurting. It may build their character but atm they will be devastated.
  12. Suspect many of us were flat last night and maybe a few miserable hours followed but this morning some perspective is more than reasonable. We have some great players and an excellent manager
  13. Fair point. However, Rogers seems aware of this and the team are young so I think they can learn. Last year they were very predictable, this year less so and next year hopefully we’ll be better still. They seem a little lost at the moment, maybe a combination of fatigue and distractions in the transfer window. They need to be revitalised and perhaps reorganised but there is nothing here that a good manager like Rogers can’t address.
  14. The reason crowds appear for larger stadiums is that people who couldn’t get a ticket normally and have stopped trying find they can tickets again. A lot of people either can’t afford a season ticket or can’t justify it because of other commitments but they still want to go to some matches. No one knows how many of these there are but the club will have have a pretty good idea based on their market research. Btw Leicester itself is a bigger city than Nottingham but greater Nottingham is still a bigger area. However Leicester has been growing more quickly for some time and with only one club in the city has no competition, unlike Forest. My instinct is we could fill 42,000 in time and straight away for some games, but not for all. That takes time to build up because going to matches is habit forming.
  15. I suppose they should ban Christmas lights and Blackpool illuminations? Or maybe protect the ‘integrity of the game’ by stopping all innovation and development? This slippery slope argument is typical of fans who complain of loud music and clappers. For goodness sake, lighten up,accept it’s a game and find something important to complain about.
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