Monday 24 October 2016

Simpson knows Foxes will have to get to grip with defending at set-pieces

Danny Simpson. Pic: Reuters
Danny Simpson. Pic: Reuters

Danny Simpson knows Leicester need to quickly get to grip with the new grappling laws after set-piece sloppiness cost the reigning champions at Manchester United.

The Foxes are still basking in the afterglow of last season's incredible title triumph, with the 5,000-1 shot flourishing as the big guns faltered thanks to camaraderie, attacking flair and defensive solidity.

The latter has proved harder this season and Saturday's 4-1 loss at Manchester United took their goals conceded tally to 11, with their third Premier League loss already as many as the Foxes fell to in the entirety of the 2015-16 campaign.

Set pieces were to blame on Saturday as United scored from three Daley Blind corners, with Claudio Ranieri's men appearing to struggle to adapt to law changes that now sees referees get tough on shirt-pulling and blocking in the box - something full-back Simpson admits they need to get their head around.

The full-back said. "It is in your mind. It is something we have to learn to adapt to as players.

"The way it was last season, I thought we were very good at defending set pieces and we made it tough for the opponents and you have been doing that for all your career and suddenly you have got to change it."

Simpson says the defensive collapse seen at United "can't happen again" and hopes Leicester can bounce back as well as they did after losing 4-1 at Liverpool earlier in the month. City responded by winning their first ever Champions League match 3-0 at Club Brugge and have the chance to do something similar when Porto arrive tomorrow for their first home match in the competition.

"That is the spirit of our team, we know we are good at bouncing back," Simpson said. "We have a massive game on Tuesday."

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