Leicester Could Be Relegated If We Continue Like This – Schmeichel
Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has said the Foxes could be relegated if their “embarrassing” Premier League title defence continues.
The Foxes are just one point above the relegation zone following Sunday’s 3-0 defeat at home to Manchester United.
Leicester are yet to win a league game in 2017 and have not scored in their previous five league outings.
“We’re the reigning champions but quite frankly it’s been terrible,” Schmeichel told Sky Sports.
“Every player is hurting. It’s not a situation that is comfortable. It’s time for everyone to stand up and be counted because if we don’t we’re going to end up getting relegated.”
This time last year, Leicester won 3-1 at Manchester City to move five points clear at the top of the table and put them on course for an unexpected title.
Now they are 38 points behind leaders Chelsea with reports suggesting manager Claudio Ranieri has lost the support of his players.
Schemeichel would not comment on the speculation but Ranieri insisted his squad is behind him.
“We’re together. I’m happy with the players and they’re happy with me. We have to stay together and keep fighting,” he said.
Leicester full-back Christian Fuchs said the players must start to show more fight if they are to pull away from trouble.
“We keep our heads high, we have to fight as a team and give everything until the last game,” he said.
“We have to stick together. We are not there to stick our head in the sand, we want to fight back.”
Former England international Jermaine Jenas, speaking on Match of the Day 2, said: “Watching the game against Manchester United, it was not a great performance, but I didn’t see players downing tools, or players that had completely given up on a manager.
“I saw players low on confidence and not given much direction of where to play.
“In the stadium there seemed to be no atmosphere and the longer that continues, the more they will be in trouble.”