Marc Albrighton admits Leicester lack the spirit of last season but insists they will fight to turn their fortunes around
Leicester are back in the real world where points are dropped and criticism stings.
Claudio Ranieri led the inquest after a feeble 3-0 defeat at Chelsea demanding to know what has happened to the positive body language and the brotherly bonds which had made his team champions against all odds.
As they emerged, his players agreed they must recover the unique spirit at the heart of last season’s triumph.
Leicester have been brought back down to earth after their incredible Premier League victory
‘It is not really acceptable to keep losing in this manner,’ said Marc Albrighton.
‘We had a chat in the dressing room.
‘We feel we need to be stronger, harder to play against and harder to beat, harder to score against.
‘It’s not the way we are playing, it is about fight. We need to fight more. We have lost the fight from last year. We need to get that back, and get it back quickly.
Marc Albrighton (left) says it is ‘unacceptable’ for Leicester to keep losing in the way they are
‘We need to get our heads right and perform better.’
Leicester were behind inside seven minutes and never looked like getting back into the game. They have no points from four away games in the league and have conceded 13 goals.
‘When we play away we are not competitive, it is very strange,’ said Ranieri. ‘Last season we were so solid, so strong, so concentrated; very, very hungry.
Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri wants to know where his side’s spirit has gone from last season
Ranieri criticised his players’ body language and insists he wants ‘positive men’ in his team
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‘Last season we were not in this world. We were out of this world. And now we come back into this world and we have to react.
‘The players were a family last season. We were very connected with each other, this season not so well. This is the problem.
‘The body language is not good. Last season, I didn’t see this body language. We have to react. I want positive men.’
A sparkling display by N’Golo Kante in Chelsea’s midfield was a reminder of the loss of his exit, while Antonio Conte’s extra-deep defensive line proved how teams now plot to minimise the threat of Jamie Vardy on the counter-attack.
Also, the need to assemble a larger squad with Europe in mind and lucrative contracts signed by some players but not all may have damaged the perfect balance inside the club.
When Chelsea struggled last season, players confessed to losing a fraction of the desire which made them the best team in the country.
They thought it would be easier in the next campaign.
In fact it is harder. It is seven years since the champions defended a Premier League title.
Manchester United were the last, completing a hat-trick in 2009, and it is unlikely to happen this season either.
N’Golo Kante (right) was brilliant on Saturday to remind Leicester what they will be missing
‘There is something missing at the minute,’ said midfielder Danny Drinkwater. ‘If it is that fight we need it back pretty damn quick.
‘If teams sit deep we need to come up with another game plan and figure out what will win us games. They got the first goal and we did not know how to react.
‘This is not good enough. We need to be a lot better. We need to start putting it right rather than talk about it.’
In Europe, it has been a different story with maximum points from their first two Champions League games. They play Copenhagen at the King Power Stadium tomorrow.
‘We are doing well,’ said Albrighton. ‘I don’t know why it should be different in different competitions but if we play in the Champions League like we did at Chelsea we will come unstuck.’
Danny Drinkwater (right) admits ‘there is something missing’ in this season’s Foxes team