Leicester City will not be fazed by their final three Premier League games even as the pressure grows on Brendan Rodgers’ side to take points from them.
City conclude the campaign with a trio of fixtures against European rivals Manchester United, Chelsea, and Tottenham, matches that could determine whether they finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League.
That is especially true after City’s 1-1 draw with Southampton on Friday night, which will be considered two points dropped after the Saints, bottom of the form table in 2021, played with 10 men for 80 minutes.
However, Rodgers was quick to point out that City have beaten all of their final three opponents once already this season, earning 2-0 victories over Chelsea and Spurs in the Premier League, and knocking Manchester United out of the FA Cup with a 3-1 success in March.
“The three teams you mentioned we’ve beaten this year, so we take that confidence into those games,” Rodgers said. “We’re only looking up. It’s another point towards where we want to go.
“We’ve got four games left, really exciting games, and a cup final. For us, it’s a really exciting end to the season over these next few weeks.
“There is natural disappointment because we haven’t won, but the bigger picture is we’re in a fantastic position, everything is in our hands, and that’s all you ever want.
“And looking at Chelsea, West Ham, Liverpool, all of the other teams, there’s too much to think about so we can recover now and we can get ready for a game next week at home.”
Fourth-placed Chelsea closed the gap to City to two points on Saturday with a 2-0 win over neighbours Fulham, while fifth-placed West Ham can rise to within five points of City if they beat Burnley away on Monday night.
For Rodgers and his players, the focus is purely on this Friday’s game against Newcastle at the King Power Stadium.
“The point (against Southampton) will hopefully be very important for us,” added Rodgers. “We’ll take the point. We’ve surpassed our points total for last season.
“For 24 hours we’ll be disappointed not to have won the game. Then we’ll get ready for next Friday and we’ll look to go and get the three points there.”