Brendan Rodgers has urged his Leicester player to ‘focus’ on this weekend’s clash with Bournemouth and not the possibility of playing Champions League football next season.
Leicester currently sit fourth in the Premier League following a hugely impressive season for Rodgers and his side, the Foxes having maintained their position in the Champions League places for much of the season.
An indifferent run of form that has seen the club win just once in five fixtures since the Premier League’s restart has threatened their participation amongst Europe’s elite next season, with in-form Manchester United now just one point behind ahead of the season’s final four fixtures – the last of which sees the two sides face each other.
Leicester travel to face a Bournemouth side mired in the bottom three and fighting for survival on Sunday evening, and Rodgers has warned his players of the Cherries’ qualities as they bid to secure a precious three points.
“They work very hard in the game, very solid, they can score goals,” Rodgers told his pre-match press conference. “They made a really good start to the season, and it’s been disrupted by injuries.
“For us, we’ll prepare for a really tough game. Both of us are fighting for different objectives. We’re just getting ready for the game.
“The destiny is with us. I’ve said to the players, if you’re thinking about the Champions League, then you’ve lost the focus. You’ve got to concentrate on the game. I need to be focused purely on the game and performance.”