English Premiership

Rodgers brushes off comparisons to Leicester title winners

2019-12-04 13:28
Jamie Vardy and Brendan Rodgers
Jamie Vardy and Brendan Rodgers (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers says it is too early to compare his side with the English Premiership 2015/16 title-winning side.

Leicester pulled off one of the biggest shocks in world football in the 2015-16 campaign when, under Claudio Ranieri, they were crowned English champions.

It is a season that will probably never be bettered at the King Power Stadium but some are beginning to make comparisons to the current side as Rodgers’ men are third in the table and will expect to move back above Manchester City and into second with a win over bottom-of-the-table Watford on Wednesday night.

A title bid still looks some way off as leaders Liverpool are eight points clear at the top and the Northern Irishman is keen not to compare Leicester’s previous title-winners with his current squad.

"I think the comparison, it’s not realistic," he said. "For us, you can only compare now. Back then, it was a different league. The strength of the league was different, so I think you can probably compare the emotion of it all."

Rodgers, who is believed to be a top managerial target for Arsenal, is delighted with how the season is progressing but warned, with 24 games still to go, there is still so much hard work to do if they are to stay in and around the top of the table.

He added: “I think it’s been amazing for the supporters, we’re now into December and we’re challenging for where we want to be, but there’s still a long way to go. What’s important for me is seeing that consistency, seeing the mentality in the team and the stamina in the team, and then that’s something that we want to keep developing and improving on.

"I always say, with 10 games to go, let’s see where it’s at, but there’s a lot of work to go on the season."

The Foxes have won 10 of their 14 games so far this season and will be aiming to build on Sunday’s late 2-1 success over Everton when the Hornets visit the King Power.

- TeamTalk Media


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