We have to earn the right
Brendan Rodgers has just entered his fourth year as Leicester manager having replaced Claude Puel in February 2019 which means a fourth visit to Turf Moor for him as boss of the Foxes.
He arrives to take on a Burnley team who have had a good run of results recently and he said: “It’s not a surprise to me because I know how good a manager and coach Sean is. I know they’ve been through this rhythm for the last number of years. He’s done a brilliant job there in ensuring they maintain their status in the league.
They are physically strong and competitive, as you need to be at this level, but they’ve also got some very talented footballers. They’ve brought in some players who are hungry to show they can play at this level. The striker’s come in (Weghorst), he’s about 6ft 6ins, but a good technician.”
Looking at his own side, Rodgers said: “We’ve been performing much better of late and we need to keep it at that level. There’s still so much to play for. It’s been inconsistent this season. We’ve had some excellent results and performances, but we haven’t been able to sustain that. We’re three or four games behind other teams as well, so we’ll have to make those up over these remaining months of the season.”
Sean Dyche also had some kind words in return about Rodgers. He said: “Brendan Rodgers has done a lot of good work there over the past few seasons and we’ve seen that. Like us, they’re probably not a million miles away from where they want to be, but they’ve got their own challenges.
“Since Brendan has been there, they’ve been very effective and a very good side. They’re probably having their first set of challenges this season with injuries and Covid, but they are still a decent side with a very good manager. They are a very good outfit so we have to make sure that we continue in the strong run of form that we are in.”
That run has seen us lose just once in seven league games, kicking off with the 0-0 draw at Arsenal. “I didn’t think we were far off in the season in general,” he said. “We’re not the real deal and we know that, we’re constantly a work in progress like most teams are, and we always believe in what we do and what the players are trying to do.
“I’m forever proud of the players here, working so hard to try and get results and win games, and that goes beyond results. They are getting the rewards for their mentality. We’ve got the basics of the team right and the players deserve a lot of credit for it. It’s trying to continue that with the performances, but the game doesn’t wait for you, you have to go and deliver.
“We have to earn the right, and that’s our mindset. We have to keep going and take on each game as it comes, but keep in mind that the last one doesn’t make the next one in the Premier League, and we’ve made sure that our consistency has been right over the last seven games. We’ll keep going and keep building on top of that.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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