Leicester Mercury

‘Ignore the pressure in race for top four place’

- Leicesterm­ercury.co.uk/sport

THE Leicester City squad need to be wary of outside pressure in their pursuit of a top four spot, writes Jordan Blackwell.

City restart their push for a Champions League place tonight, with Brendan Rodgers’ side seven points clear of fifth-placed West Ham with nine games to go.

Such has been City’s consistenc­y this season that they are the only team in the Premier League to have been inside the top four for the whole campaign, and Rodgers believes the narrative around that may be used against his team.

The players’ job is to block out any outside talk and finish the job.

“You say top four, I’ve always said about finishing as high as we can,” Rodgers said. “That’s what we want to achieve.

“That is our aim, I said that on the first day. It’s highly unlikely we will catch Manchester City, but we’re one point away from second so we have to keep looking forward.

“We’re not in the top four. We’ll only be there if we’re there after 38 games.

“People will try to add some pressure around you being in the top four all season. ‘Will you stay there?’ That doesn’t concern me. It’s great we’ve been there, but it’s where you finish.

“We aim to finish strong, we’re very committed and focused on performing well, but also keeping the calmness to perform to the level we want to.

“If we get a bit of luck along the way, we can be up in there.”

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