Rodgers explains reasons why Leicester are eating off top table

Date published: Friday 12th March 2021 3:24 - Neil Foster

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Brendan Rodgers feels talk of Leicester’s demise proves just how far they have come as a club since he moved into the dugout.

The Foxes have enjoyed a superb season and sit third in the Premier League standings with 10 games to go. A title challenge appears beyond them, with Manchester City seemingly cruising to glory.

But, having just missed out on the Champions League last term, a top-four berth is realistic. They are five points clear of fifth-placed West Ham although David Moyes’s side do have a game in hand.

The East Midlanders have suffered with injuries in recent times and struggled to cope. But they have still managed to win four and draw two of their last seven league matches.

Rodgers admits the players have been honest about the things they need to improve on. But he believes that talk of a crisis when losing consecutive games is a backhanded compliment.

“We stick to our process. We haven’t dwelled and been too critical,” he told Friday’s press conference. “We are candid on where we can be better, but we don’t dwell on it.

“We lost two games in a row to Slavia Prague and Arsenal, and people are looking at Leicester losing to Arsenal as a massive setback.

“It shows what the players have done over these past couple of seasons. It’s important you refocus and get back to winning.”

Cavalry starting to return

It has been all hands to the pump in recent weeks for the former Premier League champions. There has been little positive on the fitness front, with James Maddison suffering an “irritable” injury.

But Rodgers cut a more upbeat figure on Friday, with some key players available for selection once again.

“We’ve got Jonny Evans back and available – has been training this week and should be available,” he added. “Ayoze Perez too.”

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And the Northern Irishman was bullish over his star striker while revealing that a key midfielder is also ready.

Jamie Vardy is in a really good way. There’s been demands on him over these past few weeks. He looks great,” he added. “James Maddison is still out but Dennis Praet is back and should be available.”

Leicester are next in league action when they welcome basement club Sheffield United to the King Power Stadium on Sunday. Following the Blades clash, the FA Cup takes centre stage, with a quarter-final clash at home to Manchester United.

 

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