The Foxes have to change to thrive, declares Fletcher
BY OLIVER TODD / Darren Fletcher has told Leicester City they will find it “virtually impossible” to compete in the Premier League unless they learn to juggle their domestic and European commitments.
The champions crashed to a 2-1 defeat by West Bromwich Albion on Sunday after a Champions League draw in Copenhagen to leave themselves just two points above the relegation zone.
Fletcher, who played the full 90 minutes of West Brom’s win, knows all about keeping on track at home and in Europe from his time at Manchester United and knows Leicester must work out when to save their legs.
“It’s difficult when you add Champions League football,” Fletcher said. “You’re the champions and the onus is on you. All these combinations are really tough and I’ve been there myself.
“They’ve come back from Copenhagen and got to go again in the Premier League against a slightly fresher team. It’s very tough, a new experience, one they will have to get used to.
“They will be fine, they’re a talented team and balancing both was always going to be a difficult season.
“It’s virtually impossible to play the same XI week in week out with Champions League travel and in the Premier League where the game is so quick and ferocious you need that fresh legs.”
Claudio Ranieri started with six of the same players from the Copenhagen XI on Sunday, including dropping Jamie Vardy to the bench.
The England striker is without a goal in 13 games for club and country but Fletcher says he and his team-mates remained wary when he came on. “He is always that threat for the bench, after he came on he gave them a spark,” the West Brom midfielder said.