Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers will put apart hypothesis linking him with the emptiness at Manchester United to focus on beating Legia Warsaw on Thursday to make sure the Foxes hold their hopes of computerized qualification to the Europa League knockout stage alive.
The 48-year-old Northern Irishman has been linked with the United position after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked final Sunday.
It comes, although, at a time when Rodgers is encountering his rockiest patch since he took over in 2019.
The Foxes have for the previous two campaigns been proper within the combine difficult for a Champions League spot.
However, this time period they’re twelfth within the Premier League desk, eight factors off a Champions League spot with nearly a 3rd of the season gone.
An illustration of how a lot their type has dropped off was the simple method by which the workforce they defeated in May’s FA Cup last Chelsea beat them 3-0 final Saturday.
Rodgers wants a fast choose me up towards the Polish aspect who beat them 1-0 in Warsaw of their earlier group stage assembly.
Leicester are third within the group, two factors off leaders Napoli and one adrift of Thursday’s opponents.
Victory over Legia would hold them within the hunt with one match to play to high the group and progress to the knockout phases.
The runners-up could be consigned to a play-off which additionally options the eight third-placed Champions League group groups.
Napoli are away to backside aspect Spartak Moscow who must win to remain within the race themselves on Wednesday.
A win for Rodgers’s aspect might arrange a winner takes all journey to Napoli of their last match.
Leicester winger Ademola Lookman — on mortgage from Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig — is predicting a troublesome encounter with Legia.
“Whenever you’re taking part in in Europe, you are developing towards workforce,” he advised the Leicester web site.
“Unfortunately, we misplaced to them over there, however we will likely be trying to make use of that have to win our sport right here.
“In that sport over there, they had been very intense, they fought quite a bit they usually made it troublesome for us.
“We couldn’t get a victory out of the sport, however hopefully this sport will allow us to pressure ourselves on them, take the battle to them and present our true qualities.”
– ‘All Bravado’ –
Celtic, the place Rodgers re-established his managerial credentials after a bitter finish to his time period at Liverpool, are battling to guide their ticket into the following stage.
Celtic can nonetheless qualify robotically and will take an enormous step in doing that in the event that they beat table-topping Bayer Leverkusen in Germany.
Victory would go away them one level off Leverkusen and with a last house sport towards Real Betis.
“I really feel we’re in place to have a go at them,” stated Celtic’s Australian supervisor Ange Postecoglou.
“Can we take the sport to them and are available away with a outcome?
“Otherwise it is all bravado with none substance.
“The cause we play as we do is as a result of that’s the type of workforce we wish to be.
“If we fall quick we fall quick. We get again up and go once more.”
Jose Mourinho’s ‘Special One’ standing has taken a battering in recent times and his spell with AS Roma is exhibiting few indicators of it being revived.
Way off the tempo for the Serie A title, they’re additionally second of their third-tier Europa Conference League group a degree behind Norwegian outfit Bodo/Glimt.
Mourinho’s aspect realistically must beat third positioned Zarya Luhansk in Rome if they’re to entertain hopes of ending high as Bodo/Glimt host backside aspect CSKA Sofia.
Tottenham the most recent membership the place Mourinho did not ship are additionally second of their Europa Conference group however ought to have little hassle in beating pointless NS Mura.
That ought to arrange Antonio Conte’s workforce with a winner takes all conflict towards table-toppers Rennes in London on December 9.