Since arriving at the King Power Stadium almost a year ago, Rodgers has surpassed expectations and looks a certainty to secure a Champions League place in his first full season at the club. Victory over Manchester City would see the Foxes move to within a point of last season’s champions.
Despite conceding the club don’t have the riches of some of those around them at their disposal, Rodgers insisted Leicester have the infrastructure in place to ensure they become a permanent fixture at the top end of the Premier League table.
“That's what we want, we want to be up there challenging,” Rodgers said as reported by the Daily Mail. “We don't have the resources of those teams that are supposed to be up there, but we want to find a way, through good coaching and management, and developing players.
“If we can do that, step by step, then we can grow. Can we sustain it? If we can bridge that gap to the top six this season, it would be an amazing start for us. Then we can keep pushing on.”
When Rodgers was appointed Leicester boss in February 2019, the former Celtic boss took over a club still reeling from the death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
While Rodgers concedes it was an incredibly tough time for everyone connected to the club, he has been delighted with his players’ response over the past year and says the memory of their former chairman can help to drive his team forward.
“I've been really pleased with the adaptation of the players," he added. "When I came in towards the end of February, the feeling around everything - the team and Khun Vichai - it was hard for everyone.
“What we've tried to do is create an environment where we can use Khun Vichai's legacy to really propel the club forward in a positive way. We then have a team that we enjoy watching, are an aggressive team and a team that attacks.”
Rodgers knows a victory against Manchester City will further cement his team’s place in the Premier League top four, with fellow Champions League-chasers Chelsea and Tottenham due to face each other this weekend.
Source : 90min