Brendan Rodgers attacks his former club while preparing for a second bid for Celtic & # 39; s Callum McGregor
- Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor gets more attention from Leicester
- Fox boss Brendan Rodgers is preparing himself a bit after losing last summer
- The box-to-box midfielder is estimated at around £ 25 million
- Brendan Rodgers and Pep Guardiola were both furious at VAR on Saturday
- Leicester did not get a fine despite Kevin de Bruyne clearly dealing with
- Manchester City got one for a similar offense as the Belgian one
- Gabriel Jesus came off the bench to score the winner for City at the King Power
- ] Leicester can move within a point of the second Man City placed
- The foxes have made rapid strides during the first 12 months of Brendan Rodgers
- Rodgers' goal is to keep Leicester where they are season after season
- League One
- League Two
- Scottish Premiership
- Scottish Div 1
- Scottish Div 2
- Scottish Div 3
- Call 1
- Series A
- La Liga
- Wilfred Ndidi felt discomfort in his knee and will not be rushed back to action
- He joins midfielder Nampalys Mendy on the sidelines with a knee injury
- Hamza Choudhury will also miss the Manchester City competition due to suspension
- Brendan Rodgers does not expect his 2014 team to be crowned in Liverpool
- City appeals to COS a two-year ban on European competition
- They may lose their 2014 league title if another investigation finds them guilty
- ] Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has no contract in Anfield in the summer
- Reports suggested that Leicester approached the 31-year-old representatives
- But Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has denied that his side has made a move
- Jamie Vardy is three goals away from reaching the 100 mark in Premier League
- He was on fire for Leicester but due to injury and injury dive into shape he has fallen off
- Striker has only one in his last seven and still has to score in this calendar year
- Brendan Rodgers said: & # 39; I would be pretty sure that 100 goals will happen & # 39;
- Brendan Rodgers is not worried about James Maddison's behavior
- England was pictured internationally enjoying Dubai nightlife at winter break
- Leicester manager thinks people want negative narrative
- And the Northern Irish believes that Maddison should be considered a role model
- Brendan Rodgers spoke glowingly about Leicester City Star Harvey Barnes
- Rodgers feels that the 22-year-old can break England's Euro 2020 plans
- Gareth Southgate will be in Molineux on Friday before the Wolves vs Leicester game
- Rodgers refused to be drawn on speculation that was his side with Adam Lallana
The midfielder is estimated at around £ 25 million and Rodgers already tried to make a move for him last summer.
McGregor played under Rodgers when he was Celtic boss, and furthermore I mpressed this season, scored 11 goals and got 10 assists
The Scot signed past a new contract this summer, but Rodgers is convinced that he can lure the midfielder to the King Power Stadium.
Leicester fell on Saturday to a 1-0 defeat against Manchester City, in a game grabbed by even more controversial VAR.
Sergio Aguero failed to translate his punishment awarded by VAR, while Leicester thought they should have had two themselves.
However, they are still third in the Premier League and are looking for a finish in the Champions League spots.
Brendan Rodgers and Pep Guardiola united in condemnation of & # 39; staggering & # 39; and & # 39; weird & # 39; VAR after Man City is punished for handball, while Leicester is refused one for a similar incident on a frustrating night
Brendan Rodgers and Pep Guardiola were united in the conviction of VAR on Saturday evening after more controversy at The King Power.
He called the current situation & # 39; staggering & # 39 ;, while Guardiola described some of this season's decisions as & # 39; weird & # 39 ;.
There were three flash points in the 1-0 win of Manchester City. De Bruyne was not penalized for blocking James Maddison's free kick with his hand, but Dennis Praet admitted a spot kick, missed by Sergio Aguero, when he blocked Ilkay Gundogan's shot.
In addition, Goalkeeper Ederson from Manchester City escaped after his thrust caught Kelechi Iheanacho in the head, making the Leicester striker grubby and unable to return for the second half.
& # 39; We should have received a penalty against De Bruyne, absolutely clear, & # 39; said Rodgers. "Theirs was also a punishment, we accept that, but it is this consistency that we are looking for.
" One of the reasons why VAR was introduced was to give the man the free kick took. Kevin had his arm raised. It hits the target. & # 39;
Rodgers previously criticized Stockley Park's decision to admit an error by not sending Giovanni Lo Celso & # 39; s from Tottenham while their game against Chelsea was still in progress.
& # 39; It is a little disturbing when it comes out during the competition. That is not the moment. I heard the apology that came into our game, and I find that astonishing, "Rodgers said.
On Iheanacho, he added," I have not seen a repeat, but the boys tell me he was in the throat. & # 39;
Although Guardiola was the beneficiary on Saturday, he admitted that VAR generally did not work as it should. & # 39; Maybe they can learn how to do it better, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; The game against Chelsea. Harry Maguire was not sent away. Then Son is sent for Spurs (for the same attack of spades). It's weird. & # 39;
But now with the hearing of the city about their two-year ban on the Champions League and a fine of £ 25 million after & # 39; serious offenses & # 39; & # 39; of the financial rules of Fair Play, their future seems somewhat lacking.
It has yellow I was very worried that star players, including Kevin De Bruyne and B ernardo Silva, could leave, but perhaps the biggest repercussion would be if Guardiola – the man who led City to two consecutive Premier League titles – jumped off.
Discussions have already arisen about who could possibly take over the Etihad if the unthinkable were to happen and a man in the frame is a certain Brendan Rodgers.
Rodgers, along with Mauricio Pochettino, are reportedly drafted by the reigning Premier League champions – who have made a huge impression on the city authorities, who admire his style of football.
And Saturday night is the perfect opportunity for Rodgers to put himself firmly in the fight to eventually take over the Guardiola acquisition in the future.
Rodgers & # 39; rise after his resignation from Liverpool in 2015 is remarkable and he has really exceeded expectations.
The Northern Irishman was closely linked to the Arsenal runway before Unai Emery was named as successor to Arsene Wenger in the summer of 2018 and again when the Spaniard was fired last November.
There is no shortage of admirers for Rodgers, whose reputation grew again after his record time in Scotland at Celtic, with whom he led to an amazing 69-game unbeaten domestic run.
] He found a completely new life in Glasgow and won two Scottish Premiership titles, as well as many Scottish Cups and three League Cups.
It was a matter of time before he got a job again in England and his time came to prove that he had what was needed when Leicester came in February last year after Claude Puel's resignation.
And since his appointment, Leicester has not looked back and, against all odds, has become one of England's most formidable teams in a 12-month period.
A huge factor behind the Foxes' success is its willingness to take risks, giving the club's youth the chance to thrive on the biggest stage of all.
Like James Maddison, Harvey Barnes, Ben Chilwell and Caglar Soyuncu, this season shone for Leicester and gained more confidence as the weeks passed after showing that they could take on the best in the Premier League.
van Harvey Barnes
They all developed their games en masse under Rodgers and at some point this season refused to shy away from a remarkable Premier League title, which is now over and Liverpool hits everyone on their way .
The Foxes have taken the scalp of Tottenham and Arsenal this campaign while humiliating Southampton 9-0 from home in the Premier League's best performance of the season.
They are in a sparkling shape for most of the season and deserve all the accolades that come their way – with the next term of Champions League football most likely.
Jamie Vardy has been in a great form everywhere and led the Premier League scorecards with 17 goals thanks to Maddison and the silky Youri Tielemans who time and again penetrate the path of the former English international.
But it is not only in the middle of the park where they do damage. Barnes and Ayoze Perez pose a real threat to the wings, while Chilwell and Ricardo Pereira have been granted a permit by Rodgers to roam the sides and to overlap to add another attacking threat.
Defensively, they are also extremely stubborn, with Soyuncu and Jonny Evans offering a magnificent shield for goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
They have the third best defense record in the English top flight, behind Liverpool and Sheffield United alone – only admitted 26 times in so many games.
Rodgers supervised a turnaround at the King Power Stadium. When he took over, they seemed a shot of confidence and lacked a true identity, but only a year later the foxes fly high with faith beyond their years thanks to only one man.
And on Saturday, Rodgers and his Leicester players will be sure to add another victim to their list in Guardiola & # 39; s City, still ruining their European ban.
The top of the city will be watching very closely as the action unfolds at the King Power Stadium and they will be watching Rodgers closely to see if he can possibly lead the club through a new era the Etihad can lead.
City, which appeals against UEFA's judgment at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, runs the risk of losing their biggest names if their prohibition is enforced, and what many thought a prolonged period of dominance could end soon.
Although he has remained adamant, he will remain in the club if the prohibition of the Champions League continues, maybe Guardiola just keeps being secret open an eye for another opportunity elsewhere, which may pave the way for Rodgers to take the hotseat.
And City should certainly not be afraid to consider the 47-year-old. His past exploits emphasize that he could usher in a daring revolution in Manchester.
A club that was so used to immediate success and big money names that had attracted the shirt in recent years, might just evolve as Rodgers at the helm. An internal pressure has been exerted on Guardiola to gain the greatest honor, which means that the design of the club of the club has in fact almost weakened during his reign.
But if City is financially restricted because of their UEFA punishment, then they can be brought in to rely on their next generation of talent and Rodgers would not shy away from giving them enormous responsibility.
Perhaps Phil Foden can soon become an important man for City, while Tommy Doyle, Jayden Braaf, James McAtee and Cole Palmer can become stars to look forward to in the near future.
& # 39; That's what we want, we want to be a challenge there & # 39 ;: Brendan Rodgers trusts that he can make Leicester a fixture in the elite clubs of English football as he approaches his first birthday as Foxes boss
Brendan Rodgers is convinced that he can Leicester permanently among the elite clubs of English football as he approaches his first birthday as a Foxes boss.
When Rodgers replaced Claude Puel on 26 February last year, Leicester had lost four consecutive games. Although their form has fallen in recent weeks, it would still require a spectacular collapse of the form to miss the Champions League football next season.
The purpose of Rodgers – who was talking to Aiyawatt & # 39; Top & # 39; Srivaddhanaprabha while the chairman watched the training on Thursday – is to keep Leicester season after season.
& # 39; That's what we want, we want to be challenging there, & # 39; Rodgers said. "We do not have the resources of those teams that should be there, but we want to find a way, through good coaching and management and by developing players.
" If we can do that, we can go step by step we grow. Can we sustain it? If we can bridge this gap to the top six this season, this would be a great start for us. Then we can continue. & # 39;
When Rodgers arrived from Celtic, he found a club that still recovered from the death of former owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who was killed in a helicopter crash shortly after Leicester's home game with West Ham on October 27 2018.
Rodgers added: & # 39; I am really happy with the adaptation of the players .. When I entered the end of February, the feeling around everything – the team and Khun Vichai – was difficult for
& # 39; We have tried to create an environment in which we can use the legacy of Khun Vichai to really push the club forward in a positive way. We then have a team that we like to watch, are an aggressive team and a team that attacks. & # 39;
Leicester is again without midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, who returned less than two weeks after a knee operation last month, but he is now no longer seen since the Carabao Cup semi-final defeat by Aston Villa.
There may be a recall to the team of the first team for Matty James, who has not played for the first team in the league since March 2018, due to a number of injury problems.
Wilfred Ndidi will not be recalled for Leicester says Brendan Rodgers while confronted with a mid-nightmare collision with Manchester City
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has refused to set a time limit on key figure Wilfred Ndidi & # 39; s injury recovery
Ndidi plays no role against Manchester City at the King Power Stadium in the Saturday kick-off after missing the last two games of the Foxes .
The Nigeria midfielder felt discomfort in the same knee that required surgery early in January and Rodgers will not drive him back.
Wilfred Ndidi 2019/20 stats
League appearances: 19 (2)
Minutes played: 1,786
He is still in a process to get fit, so we will see how he is next week, & # 39; said Rodgers.
I am not sure. There is no timeline, we just have to look at how it is progressing.
& # 39; He is almost incriminating and he does his job inside, and then you have to go outside and then it is when he can join the team.
& # 39; There is another intensity when you train with the team and then of course there is another intensity to play. So we just want to make sure he is absolutely right. He is such an important player for us, but it is also his well-being.
& # 39; We want to assure not only in the short term but also in the long term that he is right and can return to the team without repetition. & # 39;
Rodgers will also be Hamza Choudhury without fellow midfielders, suspended after two yellow cards in last week's scoreless draw at Wolves and Papy Mendy (knee).
The defensive legwork of the trio will be greatly missed given Rodgers & # 39; claim that a lack of aggression without the ball has cost him side in a 3-1 defeat to City at Etihad Stadium in December.
& # 39; Three excellent players and of course we need to come up with a strategy and a plan to think of a game that we can use to try the three points, & Rodgers said.
Jamie Vardy gave Leicester a first half lead against City at the Etihad, but Rodgers said they did not have the intensity to harass Pep Guardiola players.
& # 39; We were too passive in the game, I think that was pretty clear, "Rodgers added.
" We have a good start in the game, but we have the game sometimes not hard enough and well enough pressed.
& # 39; Manchester City is a fantastic team that forces you back into a defensive form, but they must feel your shirt, they must feel the aggression of the team.
& # 39; That's something we were talking about after that game and then, once you have the ball, you have to have that skill to to play quickly. & # 39;
City & # 39; s 2-0 win against West Ham on Wednesday night lifted them four points free from third place Leicester, who had taken only five points out of the last 15 available.
Defender Ryan Bennett hopes to appear for Leicester for the first time since the loan of Wolves and Matty James is also in conflict after a long-term Achilles injury. [1 9459013]
& # 39; It's really gone & # 39 ;: Brendan Rodgers does NOT think Liverpool will get 2014 Premier League title if Manchester City is stripped of it for FFP offenses and says Pep Guardiola will be & # 39; s side galvanized by accusations
City appeals to the Court of Arbitration for sport against a two-year suspension of the European competition imposed by UEFA, who found them guilty of violations of the rules of the Financial Fair Play.
The city could also lose its 2014 national title if a separate Premier League investigation revealed that they have violated financial rules – which City denies – and have deducted points afterwards
Steven Gerrard, who led Rodgers in Liverpool that ended two points behind City that season, said he & # 39; really interested & # 39; is to see if action is being taken against City – but Rodgers is more relaxed about the case.
The Leicester manager said: & it's really gone. What will be will be. It won't change anything for me. We were faced with a fantastic Manchester City team and we were just lacking, but that does not alter what we did that year.
& # 39; I don't think about it too much. I have many other things to worry about. I honestly cannot see that (Liverpool will be awarded the title afterwards). & # 39;
Juventus was stripped of the Series A titles from 2005 and 2006 according to the & # 39; Calciopoli & # 39; scandal, which concerned the selection of referees. The crown of 2005 was not reassigned, but Inter Milan subsequently received the crown of 2006 – something that Juventus appealed to.
Rodgers & # 39; side view City on Saturday and he expects the UEFA judgment to trigger a reaction in the side of Pep Guardiola, who has four points and has a position above the third Leicester placed.
He added: & # 39; These situations where there are questions about the club, they will sink like a team. The players will be stronger, I'm pretty sure about that.
& # 39; They will want to show that they are very talented players, regardless of the problems. They are determined to end the season as strong as possible in every competition they are in.
& # 39; What has been put down in recent days is not the case & # 39 ;: Brendan Rodgers denies reports that Leicester has made a move for Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has denied that the club has made all approaches for Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana.
Lallana, 31, is without contract in the summer and it has been reported that the Foxes have inquired with his representatives.
But Rodgers, at the head of Anfield when Liverpool signed Lallana from Southampton for £ 25 million in 2014, insisted that contact had been made.
& # 39; I have seen many things about Adam and that we have not approached Liverpool and wha, which of course is not the case, "said Rodgers, whose side records Manchester City at home on Saturday.
"But Adam is a great player and not only that he has a great attitude.
& # 39; When I brought him to Liverpool, he was unhappy with injuries early on, but he showed when he is fit and available that he is a fantastic player.
& # 39; He is in the phase of his contract where he wants to have options, I know for sure.
& # 39; But certainly what has been released in recent days is not the case. & # 39;
Leicester remains third in the Premier League despite taking only five points from the last available 15.
They have slipped four points behind City and will try to close the gap in an evening kick-off in the King Power Stadium.
Rodgers is convinced City & # 39; s two-year ban on European competition will get the best out of Pep Guardiola and his players.
& # 39; It will galvanize them like a plow, & # 39; said Rodgers. "These kinds of situations where there are questions about the club.
" The players will become stronger for it, they will show that spirit, I am almost certain of that.
& # 39; They I want to show, whatever the problems are, they are still very, very talented players.
& # 39; It is an ongoing process, of course, but I think Pep and his players are very determined to end the season as strong as possible in every competition they are in. & # 39;
Rodgers, meanwhile, has called on the game authorities to simplify the rules of offside and the referee for video assistant.
Arsene Wenger, FIFA & # 39; s head of global football development, has proposed a new statement, which would mean that a player is considered on-side as a part of his body right behind or behind the last defender state.
& # 39; It's something to discuss, & # 39; Rodgers added. "We are probably here in more controversy with VAR and referee than we have ever had.
" The whole idea was to make it easier, make it easier for the game, so probably one or two things have to happen.
Yes, they have to change the rules or you will improve the technology. It all seems a bit complicated to me. & # 39;
Rodgers confirmed that Wilfred Ndidi (knee) will not be suitable to face City and fellow midfielder Hamza Choudhury has been suspended.
But recent loan with Ryan Bennett and Matty James will both be in conflict.
Brendan Rodgers encourages Leicester's creative players to help Jamie Vardy reach the century Premier League goals: & # 39; It is the team's responsibility to create opportunities & # 39;
Brendan Rodgers has encouraged the makers of Leicester to do to do more help Jamie Vardy reach his century.
Vardy has 97 goals in 199 matches in the English top flight, but after scoring 16 times in his first 16 games, the attacker only succeeded one in his last seven, with his last goal against Manchester City on December 21.
The Leicester manager said: & # 39; He is ready to impress in the last part of the season . These things happen and he works his way back inside.
& # 39; I have no doubt that he is the player who will always be the threat and he will always get those opportunities.
& # 39; It is the responsibility of the team to create opportunities for him because he is that sort of striker. He needs the last pass, or the cross. In a few games he had the misfortune not to score.
& # 39; But he's such a & # 39; n threat and that will definitely come back, I know for sure. I am confident that there will be 100 goals by the end of the season.
& # 39; As long as you work for the team, it is for you. I think it has probably dried up centrally, and the large areas have been productive in creating and scoring Harvey Barnes and Ayoze Perez.
& # 39; Hopefully it all comes together in this final third of the season. & # 39; Rodgers ordered his team to completely eliminate football during the winter break in the hope that they would be refreshed for the final push.
Although their pace slowed in 2020, Leicester are in a top position to qualify for next season's Champions League, and a victory at Wolves would giving them 13 points ahead of Sheffield United in fifth place.
Leicester will probably again be without midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, who came back into action only 13 days after the knee operation, but received a reaction and missed the 2-2 draw with Chelsea before the break. The foxes hope he will be ready for their next game against City on February 22.
Rodgers added: & I feel that their energy is back. Now it is the last third of the season and let's give everything to end as high as possible. & # 39;
Brendan Rodgers defends the lifestyle of James Maddison after Leicester star was seen in Dubai's nightlife: & # 39; He is a charming young man, truly respectful & # 39;
Brendan Rodgers has a passionate defense of James Maddison & # 39; s launched lifestyle and insists that Leicester midfielder is the soccer player all young people want to pursue.
The England International was depicted enjoying the winter break during the winter life of Premier League but Foxes boss Rodgers has no concerns about the priorities of his midfield star, who according to Leicester will be coming in the coming weeks will sign a new contract.
Rodg ers said: & # 39; Some people try to portray him as something that he is not. Fortunately, I know the reality – he is a top-class young professional who focuses on his game and wants to get better.
& # 39; We have talked about the mentality in training that you need to get to that very highest level, and how you can maintain that. You can see it in his performances and you can see it in his numbers (goals and assists).
& # 39; I can only judge him at my time here, almost a year now, he has been absolutely brilliant for me. And outside the field he was an absolute pleasure.
& # 39; He is a charming young man, really respectful. He really respects what he has here in Leicester. He's a great boy. If you are a seven or eight year old watching the game, you want to be James Maddison.
& You want to take free kicks like James Maddison. You want to play that way and that personality. You need that. You also need education and it is brilliant. & # 39; Maddison is the subject of great interest from Manchester United, with Leicester hopeful that he will agree to new conditions worth double his current salary of around £ 50,000 a week.
Unless Leicester & # 39; s form collapses, they are likely to play Champions League football next season – for Friday's game at Wolves they are third in the table, 10 points free from the fifth placed Sheffield United.
At Maddison & # 39; s winter break, Rodgers added: & # 39; People want a story to fit around him, so I'm not so worried about that side. I know the reality of what he is and what he gives.
& # 39; Something is framed around him that he will have to live with, but that is someone else's story. This is a 23 year old boy who is single, he gets a week for free. We try to teach them in many ways, but this is something I don't care about. & # 39;
& # 39; Gareth will be interested & # 39 ;: Brendan Rodgers supports Leicester star Harvey Barnes for the Euro 2020 team of England, but refuses to be drawn on the Adam Lallana left
Sportsmail announced on Tuesday that England's coach Gareth Southgate will be at Molineux on Friday for the Wolves-Leicester game, where Barnes hopes to maintain his excellent recent form .
& # 39; You see the progress and development of Harvey, he was excellent [in the 2-2 draw] against Chelsea before the winter break, & # 39; said Rodgers. "He's getting better and better.
& # 39; You see his strength and pace, but his tactical idea keeps getting better. He comes to areas where he seems to score and he also helps goals.
"It is so pleasant to see. He works hard, he is calm, stable and focused. Gareth will be interested in every young English player and I am sure that he will last the coming months and years, he will be very close to that team. & # 39;
The foxes remain third in the table, although they have won only two of their last seven games in all competitions.
As long as their form does not collapse during the remaining weeks of the campaign, Leicester must qualify for next season's champions. League.
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, who brought Rodgers to Anfield during his time as manager, is one of the players associated with Leicester. The 31-year-old will not have a contract in the summer.
Rodgers said: "He is a fantastic player. I have been aware of his talent since he was a young player. He did it brilliantly there and I'm sure he will weigh his options, but we don't have to talk about it now. He is a top class player. & # 39;
Meanwhile, midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is considered doubtful for the Wolves game due to knee problems.
The Nigerian returned to action in the 4-1 win over West Ham last month less than two weeks after surgery on his meniscus, but he missed the 2-2 draw with Chelsea before the break and is unlikely to get to Molineux.