“That’s what we want, we want to be a challenge”: Brendan Rodgers trusts that he can make Leicester a fixture in the elite clubs of English football as he approaches his first birthday as Foxes boss
- Leicester can move to a second place in Man City on Saturday
- The foxes took quick steps during the first 12 months of Brendan Rodgers
- Rodgers’ goal is to keep Leicester where they are season after season
Brendan Rodgers is convinced that he can make Leicester a fixture in the elite clubs of English football when he approaches his first birthday as a Foxes boss.
Leicester can move to second place in Manchester City as they conquer the Pep Guardiola team at King Power Stadium on Saturday after making quick strides in the first 12 months of Rodgers.
When Rodgers replaced Claude Puel on 26 February last year, Leicester had lost four consecutive games. Although their form has fallen in recent weeks, it would still require a spectacular collapse of the form to miss Champions League football next season.
Brendan Rodgers is convinced that he can place Foxes permanently in English elite clubs
The goal of Rodgers – who was talking to Aiyawatt ‘Top’ Srivaddhanaprabha while the chairman watched the training on Thursday – is to keep Leicester where they are season after season.
“That’s what we want, we want to be a challenge there,” said Rodgers. “We don’t have the resources of those teams that should be there, but we want to find a way, through good coaching and management and the development of players.
‘If we can do that step by step, we can grow. Can we sustain it? If we can bridge this gap to the top six this season, this would be a great start for us. Then we can continue. ”
Leicester has made rapid progress during the first 12 months of Rodgers at the King Power
- League One
- League Two
- Scottish premiership
- Scottish Div 1
- Scottish Div 2
- Scottish Div 3
- Ligue 1
- Series a
- La Liga
When Rodgers arrived from Celtic, he found a club that still recovered from the death of former owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who was killed in a helicopter crash shortly after Leicester’s home game with West Ham on October 27, 2018.
Rodgers added: ‘I am very happy with the adaptation of the players. When I came in late February, the feeling about everything – the team and Khun Vichai – was difficult for everyone.
“We have tried to create an environment where we can use Khun Vichai’s legacy to really push the club forward in a positive way. We then have a team that we like to watch, an aggressive team and a team that attacks. “
Leicester is again without midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, who returned to action less than two weeks after the knee operation last month, but he is now no longer seen since the semi-final defeat of Carabao Cup by Aston Villa.
There may be a recall to the team of the first team for Matty James, who has not played for the first team in the competition since March 2018 due to a number of injury problems.
Manager Rodgers’ goal is to keep Leicester where they are season after season