Sport Rodgers hails 'extremely important win' for Champions League hopefuls Leicester

05:25  12 may  2021
05:25  12 may  2021 Source:   goal.com

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Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers says his side's victory over struggling Aston Villa was " important " as the third-placed Foxes claimed their first win in five Premier League games to reignite their push for Champions League football next season. Video, 00:03:22 Rodgers hails ' important ' win as Leicester 's winless run ends.

Image: Brendan Rodgers ' Leicester City have slipped to fourth ahead of Tuesday's trip to Manchester United. The Foxes have slipped to fourth in the Premier League table ahead of Tuesday's trip to Manchester United with Friday's surprise 4-2 defeat to Newcastle allowing Chelsea to overtake them with a 2-1 win at Manchester City. West Ham's 1-0 defeat to Everton ensured the fifth-placed Hammers remain five points behind with three games left but Rodgers knows it should have been easier.

Leicester City head coach Brendan Rodgers has hailed his side's "extremely important win" over Manchester United as they move a step closer to securing Champions League qualification.

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Goals from Luke Thomas and Caglar Soyuncu earned the Foxes three crucial points in the race for the top four.

Leicester moved back into to third with the victory, up to 66 points after 36 games, sitting ahead of fourth-placed Chelsea on 64 points from 35 games.

West Ham and Liverpool are on 58 and 57 points from 35 and 34 games respectively, with Leicester's win creating an improbable deficit to overcome.

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June 24 (Reuters) - Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers described Kasper Schmeichel as "invaluable" after the goalkeeper saved a penalty to earn the team a. Leicester are third in the Premier League with 55 points from 31 games, four points clear of Chelsea below them. The Londoners could close the gap if they can secure a victory over Manchester City on Thursday. Rodgers ' side face Chelsea in the FA Cup sixth round on Sunday, before returning to league action with a match against 12th-placed Everton on July 1. (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru: Editing by Neil Fullick).

The Foxes crumbled at this stage in their Champions League bid last season so the magnitude of a rare win at Old Trafford was not lost on Rodgers

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"It’s an extremely important win for us," Rodgers said. "It’s huge.

"We’re at 66 points now, which is what two of the sides that finished in there last season got.

"It’s a big step but there are still two games to go and the teams are still chasing us, so we still have work to do."

Leicester, who play Chelsea in the FA Cup final this weekend, have two tough remaining Premier League fixtures away to the Blues and at home to Tottenham.

"It’s the stage of the season where every win, every point is so important," Rodgers said.

"To be able to come to Old Trafford, it’s another victory for us against a top six club and, as you can see, it’ll be very, very important for us and where we finish this season."

On Saturday's FA Cup final, Rodgers added: "You can see the quality of their team, but we’ll be ready. We’ll look forward to it and we’ll fight to be the first team in Leicester City’s history to win the FA Cup."

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