Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers hopes that securing the Champions League will enable him to strengthen the team
“Let’s finish the job”: Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers hopes that securing Champions League football will enable him to strengthen his team
- Despite a fragmentary start to 2020, Leicester remains on track for a finish in the top four
- The Rodgers men are third with a two-point cushion against the fourth placed Chelsea
- The loss of Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi at important moments has struck Leicester
Brendan Rodgers hopes that the prospect of Champions League football will allow him to make the changes that the Leicester team needs this summer.
Despite a fragmentary start to 2020, the Foxes remain on track for a finish in the top four.
In Monday’s collision with struggling Aston Villa, the Rodgers men are third in the table with a two-point cushion against Chelsea.
Leicester was hit this season by the loss of Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi due to injuries
But the loss of Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi at key moments since the turn of the year has shown Rodgers that he needs a deeper team to compete further in the next term.
He said: ‘Hopefully by the end of the season that will be the case. You want to improve every year.
“There is no doubt that this would be our goal. We are working with a similar team for almost 18 months at the end of the season, so you have to renew it, you have to keep looking to raise the bar.
“Plans like that are ongoing. I think the key now is to finish the job and give everything to get where we want at the end of the season and then we can look at it. ”
Ndidi is now available again after knee problems, while Rodgers hopes that Vardy will be involved against the struggling side of Dean Smith despite missing the last two games with a calf injury.
Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers knows that he needs a deeper team to continue to compete the next term
Leicester wants to complete a competition double over Villa after having won 4-1 from home earlier in the campaign, although Villa ended Leicester’s Carabao Cup expectations with a total 3-2 win in the semi-final.
The duel between James Maddison of Leicester and Jack Grealish of Villa will create an intriguing sub-plot, as both players strive for a place in the English Euro 2020 team, with Rodgers Maddison praising again despite a loss of form in recent games.
He added: “I think he is still one of the most creative players for us. He has played at a very high level for most of this season.
‘He has been almost every game 8 or 9 out of 10. If he is immersed in it, it sometimes happens.
I’m not worried about him, he’s still a fantastic player for us. He has assisted goals and he scored himself. “