Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers admits to have ’empathy’ for Manchester United’s crazy schedule

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Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers admits he has ’empathy’ for Manchester United counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose Red Devils side will take on the Foxes as part of the crazy four games in the eight-day schedule

  • Manchester United play in their second match in 48 hours against Leicester City
  • The Red Devils also played on Sunday after coming from behind to beat Aston Villa
  • Now they will take on the Foxes in the top flight before facing Liverpool on Thursday
  • Leicester is hoping to get their Champions League push back on track

Brendan Rodgers has expressed condolences to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United prepare to take on Leicester in their second game in just 48 hours on Tuesday.

Solskjaer bitterly lamented that United played three times in five days and could make massive changes to its starting XI for a match vital to Leicester’s hopes for a top-four finish.

Leicester’s surprise defeat to Newcastle last Friday put their hopes at risk and they too face a difficult end to the season. On Saturday, they will take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final before also meeting Thomas Tuchel’s team in the league and closing the season with a home game against Tottenham.

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers takes his team to Manchester United on Tuesday evening

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers takes his team to Manchester United on Tuesday evening

The Foxes will try to get their push for a Champions League place back on track after a surprise home defeat to Newcastle United in the Premier League on Friday.

The Foxes will try to get their push for a Champions League place back on track after a surprise home defeat to Newcastle United in the Premier League on Friday.

The Foxes will try to get their push for a Champions League place back on track after a surprise home defeat to Newcastle United in the Premier League on Friday.

“I have empathy for Ole,” Rodgers said. “It’s a great schedule to play last Thursday, then Sunday, Tuesday and then Liverpool on Thursday.

“It’s physically tough for the players – no matter how big your team is, it’s a tough turnaround.”

Rodgers will rely heavily on his senior players to make sure Leicester stays calm while fans worry about a repeat from last season.

United are in the middle of a game with a schedule of four games in just eight days

United are in the middle of a game with a schedule of four games in just eight days

United are in the middle of a game with a schedule of four games in just eight days

It is likely that Solskjaer will rotate his squad as best he can to ease the demands on his side

It is likely that Solskjaer will rotate his squad as best he can to ease the demands on his side

It is likely that Solskjaer will rotate his squad as best he can to ease the demands on his side

The Foxes’ poor form after the spring lockdown saw them drop to fifth on the final day of the season after spending the entire campaign in the top four.

But they were helped by West Ham’s home defeat to Everton on Sunday and will advance eight points to fifth-placed Hammers if they can win at Old Trafford. Former United defender Jonny Evans is in doubt after exacerbating a heel problem in the warm-up ahead of Newcastle’s defeat.

Rodgers added: “Players like Kasper Schmeichel, Jamie Vardy and Jonny are very experienced. If you challenge at the top of the table or for trophies, the concentration level should increase.

According to the schedule, Harry Maguire was injured in Sunday's win at Aston Villa

According to the schedule, Harry Maguire was injured in Sunday's win at Aston Villa

According to the schedule, Harry Maguire was injured in Sunday’s win at Aston Villa

‘That’s the hardest part this season. If you let go, you will be punished, which happened to us on Friday. Our concentration was nowhere near good enough in certain aspects of our defense.

‘We are very close to achieving what we want but we know we have to fight and we have made it difficult for ourselves, that’s the reality. We did not get the desired results against Newcastle and Southampton.

“That means that from tonight we have to push to win our remaining games.”

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