Brendan Rodgers says he will call on members of Leicester’s title-winning party in 2016 to win them over in the Premier League top four race
- Leicester will play against Sheffield United in the Premier League on Thursday-evening
- The Foxes are in fourth place, but have only won once in their last three games
- Brendan Rodgers calls on those who won the title in 2016 to play their part
Boss Brendan Rodgers believes Leicester’s title winners are key to their top four hopes.
The Foxes are fourth for Sheffield United’s visit to Thursday’s Premier League.
They suffered a shocking 4-1 defeat to relegation-threatened Bournemouth on Sunday, but remain in a Champions League qualifying spot after Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Southampton.
Brendan Rodgers wants to see a reaction from Leicester after the defeat in Bournemouth
Jamie Vardy, Wes Morgan, Kasper Schmeichel, Christian Fuchs and Mark Albrighton played a major role in Leicester’s remarkable title win in 2016.
There are only seven champions left at the club, with Demarai Gray and Daniel Amartey also receiving the winners’ medals, and Rodgers feels that his old guard remains vital to their chances of success this term.
He said, “100 percent, but they can’t do it alone, you need that peace and energy and dedication and a little bit of luck, too. We didn’t have that in Bournemouth recently.
Rodgers called on Jamie Vardy to help Leicester reach a top-four finish
“Kasper had an absolutely excellent season, he was great and had a big impact. Jonny Evans has great experience. Fuchsy, Vards, Wes – although he hasn’t played that much, his composure around the team is very important.
“All these guys have been very crucial since I got here and they will continue to be, they are central.”
The Foxes, who could face the Blades without injured James Maddison and Ben Chilwell, are four points behind third place Chelsea, with Thursday’s game in their hands.
Victory would keep them on the hunt for the third, and Rodgers says he would rather look forward than over his shoulder.
“I’ve always been like that. My intention is always to look ahead and we will always continue to do that, ” he said.
“As a group we will always hunt, we will always be such a team. Whatever spin people want to put on it for us, we can only control ourselves and that is our focus.
“If you had told me in Evian when we were traveling for the season that you are going to fight for the Champions League with three games, I would have bit your hand off.
“There have been disappointments, but I really have an idea of how well this team has performed amid what our competition has been and where we were at the start of the season.
“This is something that will make us stronger and better. I will pass that message on to the players. ‘