Wes Morgan admits champions status has hindered Leicester City’s season: ‘Teams are giving extra 10 per cent because they want to beat us more’
Leicester City captain Wes Morgan has claimed ‘teams give 10 per cent more’ this season due to their status as unlikely Premier League champions.
The Foxes sealed an historic league crown last term but have struggled to replicate that form, winning just three of their opening 13 matches.
Claudio Ranieri’s men have performed admirably in the Champions League, sealing their spot in the knockout stages with one game to spare.
- Leicester City sealed an unlikely Premier League title last season
- The Foxes have struggled to replicate form in the top-flight this term
- Wes Morgan admitted ‘teams give 10 per cent more’ this campaign
- He suggested rivals want to beat them more due to champions status
The Foxes sealed an historic league crown last term but have struggled to replicate that form
LEICESTER AFTER 13 GAMES
2014-15: 10 points, 20th place
2015-16: 28 points, 1st place
2016-17: 13 points, 14th place
Their performances in the Premier League , however, leaves them just two points above the relegation zone ‒ and Morgan admits their new-found status has meant fellow top-flight sides are more determined than ever to beat them.
Speaking to ESPN FC, the defender said: ‘I don’t know if they’re giving an extra 10 per cent in their games because they want to beat us more, but it’s definitely been much tougher.
‘The other teams have definitely improved too ‒ the bigger teams that didn’t perform so well last season are all fighting at the top, and you can see it’s a real battle up there.
‘Most players in our team would never have imagined what we achieved last season, and we’re not going to easily forget about it.’
Morgan is congratulated by his Foxes team-mates after winning a penalty at the weekend
Leicester’s form in the Champions League – they remain unbeaten in Group G having won four out of five matches – has led to suggestions they have prioritised Europe.
But Morgan has rejected those claims and insisted the struggling King Power outfit are as focused as performing in the league as they were last season.
Asked if they are prioritising the European competition, he said: ‘Not at all. We understand what got us to the Champions League, so in terms of that you’d think the Premier League would be even more of a priority.
‘The top teams in Europe like to play a more possession-based style, whereas we’re more of a counter-attack style.’
Leicester have performed well in the Champions League, sealing their spot in knockout stages