No one ever said it was going to be easy for Leicester City following their rags-to-riches story of last season, and the Premier League championship hangover coupled with a deeper division from top to bottom has made for some tough sledding during their title defence.The Foxes hope to jump start their season as they come out of the international break to play Saturday at Vicarage Road against Watford, who have quietly enjoyed life under first-year coach Walter Mazzarri.The infusion of television revenue into the Premier League has been both good and bad for Leicester City (3-3-5). It allowed Claudio Ranieri to keep almost his entire starting XI from last seasons title-winners save NGolo Kante, but it has also given the potential for every opponent to strengthen a roster -- a big team can afford more superstars while a newly promoted side can find quality depth for the right price.Those two factors, coupled with Leicester now lacking the element of surprise of their dynamic counterattacking style which proved to be the linchpin of their title run, have seen the Foxes play uneven throughout their domestic season and enter this match 14th in the table. It goes in stark contrast to having a surprisingly easy time moving to the cusp of qualifying for the knockout round in their first Champions League appearance in franchise history while not conceding in any of their four matches.Leicester City went into the break on the heels of a 2-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion that ended their home unbeaten streak at 20 matches. Islam Slimani had pulled the Foxes level on 55 minutes, but Matt Phillips provided the winning margin for the Baggies in the 72nd minute.It was difficult because the opponent is organised defensively and perhaps we didnt shoot enough, forward Shinji Okazaki told LCFC TV.Ranieri also made note of the defence affecting his offence, saying, We made a plan to go on the flank and make crosses from the flank but we made very few. Also the end we made some long balls and for the central defenders it was too easy. To say something is easy to do it is more difficult.For the Foxes, the big issue is the lack of rapid transition from defence to offence in open space. Kantes ability to thwart any buildup in the middle of the park and then find Riyad Mahrez in lightning-like fashion would trigger the open style of play that made Leicester City so deadly last season.The Foxes have only 13 league goals, with Jamie Vardy scoring two and Mahrez only one. Through the first 11 contests of 2015-16, Leicester had 22 goals -- with Vardy in the middle of his record-setting goal-scoring streak while scoring 10 and Mahrez contributing five.But there is cause for optimism since Vardy returns to the Midlands after scoring for England and drawing the penalty that led to the other goal in their 2-2 draw versus Spain in a friendly Monday. He has as many goals for country as he does club in all competitions as the focal point of every opponent Leicester City and England face.As Leicester City look the role of Jekyll and Hyde with their contrasting domestic and Champions League results, Watford (4-3-4) have quietly found an elevated perch behind the big six and enter this contest eighth in the table.Last seasons FA Cup semifinalists have punched at their weight class save their famous win over Manchester United, but before the break, Liverpool ran riot and administered a 6-1 thrashing on the Hornets at Anfield. Four of the goals came after starting goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was forced to leave through a leg injury suffered in the buildup of the second goal.Watford had shipped only 13 goals in their first 10 matches before being torn apart by Jurgen Klopps unorthodox arrangement that features seven midfielders all constantly on the lookout for an opportunity to press forward.This game is a lesson for the future, Mazzarri told the teams official website. I understand many things from this game and we will learn from this. I am convinced after the international break we will see a different performance.Gomes right now is questionable for this match, which leaves Costel Pantilimon in line for his first Premier League start of the season. The Romania international played well in a 1-0 loss to Russia in a friendly, making a string of quality saves before being let down by his defence deep in stoppage time.Like Leicester, Watford are missing offence from their dynamic duo of Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney. The duo, which combined for 28 goals in league play last season, has just four thus far, and Oghalo has found the back of the net just once. The Nigeria international has not scored since tallying against West Ham United on Sept. 10.Leicester City are 3-1-0 all-time in the top flight against Watford and took a pair of one-goal decisions last season. In the corresponding fixture, Mahrez let fly with a long-range strike in the 56th minute that accounted for the lone goal in a 1-0 Foxes victory. Willie Stargell Jersey Large .C. -- Al Jefferson joked that he feels he can score from anywhere on the court. Cheap Custom Pirates Jersey . 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The injury sidelined the three-time world diving champion for most of the crucial run-up to the Games. He eventually finished 11th in the three-metre springboard. Despatie announced his retirement Tuesday after an illustrious career that saw him burst on to the international scene as a 13-year-old phenomenon when he won gold in the 10-metre event at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. He told a news conference in Montreal on Tuesday that his objective after London and "a turbulent 2012" was to keep diving for one year. But Despatie underwent surgery to correct bursitis and tendinitis in his left knee last October. He then had additional surgery a few weeks later. "I guess in the process circumstances were becoming more and more clear that it was going to be really difficult and demanding for me to dive this year," he said. Despatie added it was like a weight being lifted off his shoulders when he finally decided to call it quits. "Its not a forced decision," said Despatie, who turns 28 this Saturday. "There was a lot of thought behind it, but Im ready to move forward." His father Pierre said there were ongoing family discussions after the London Olympics about the possibility of retirement. "But we didnt know when," he said. "We knew he wanted to do an extra year, so it was just delaying the process." Despaties father said his son knew he wouldnt be in top shape and ready for the 2013 world championships in Barcelona in mid-July. "Hes not the type of person who just wants to show up at an event -- he wanted to show up to win the event," he said. The younger Despatie said the most importantt thing in his career was his passion.dddddddddddd "To be the best that I could ever be was my motto," he said. "To work as hard as I could to get where I want to be was what I did." Despaties older sister, Anouk, said what made her the proudest was her brothers perseverance. "When we were young, we went diving together and he persevered all along his career during the ups and downs," she said in an interview. "He always wanted to be the best and finally he succeeded." But his 30-year-old sister also admitted she was a bit jealous when she was younger because her brother was getting a lot of attention. "That was when I was young and when youre little you also need some attention," Anouk Despatie said. "But today thats not a problem at all." The next step for Despatie is to pursue his longtime dream of a career in television. "Its important to have dreams, to have other goals after being an athlete," Despatie said. "And lucky for me those dreams were born a long time ago." Despatie has already had some exposure to the big screen. He starred as himself in a 2007 French teen romantic comedy entitled: "On Your Marks: Party!" Despatie, who began diving at home as a five-year-old, also thanked all the people and organizations that helped him during his career, including trainers, the Canadian Olympic Committee and Diving Canada. "Thank you for believing in me," he said. "To all my friends, thank you for your understanding. To my family, mom, dad, thank you for your unconditional support." Despatie is the only diver to have won world championships in all three of the one-metre, three-metre and 10-metre events. He was also a silver medallist on the three-metre springboard at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. ' ' '