Kasper Schmeichel EXCLUSIVE: Leicester goalkeeper lauds Brendan Rodgers as the ‘perfect manager’ and says Man City are in Foxes’ sights

Kasper Schmeichel believes Leicester have the ‘perfect manager’ in Brendan Rodgers to take the Premier League side to the next level.

The Foxes have thrived under the tutelage of the former Celtic coach, who arrived at the King Power stadium in February 2019.

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Schmeichel has been an ever-present for the Foxes under Rodgers – who currently lie third in the Premier League
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In an exclusive interview with talkSPORT, Leicester No.1 Schmeichel hailed Rodgers’ leadership skills and said the sky is the limit for the Midlands outfit with the Northern Irishman at the helm.

“He’s brought real leadership and a clear vision and identity of what type of football club we want to be,” said the Denmark goalkeeper.

“When you look back at our journey through the Premier League of coming up the way we did, and obviously we have our history with Watford in the play-off semi-finals, but the way we responded to that and went up the season after.

“We nearly got relegated but pulled off the great escape and then went on to win the league. It’s been very much a story of ups and downs.

“We hadn’t found our identity in the Premier League and that’s taken some time, and we’ve gone through different playing styles.

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Schmeichel was part of the Leicester side which won the Premier League in 2016
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“But we have a clear direction and clear identity of where we are right now and where we want to go and the club we want to be.

“The infrastructure of the club, a lot of which Nigel [Pearson] put together, is great and is moving on.

“A new training ground is coming and an expansion of the stadium, it’s a club that wants to go somewhere, we have the owners that want to back us and we have the perfect manager for that.”

Meanwhile, the experienced glovesman expressed his belief that Manchester City – one of his former employers – are not out of the Foxes’ reach with nine games of the 2019/20 campaign remaining.

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Schmeichel said Nigel Pearson played a key role in building Leicester during his time as manager
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“We want to finish as high as we possibly can,” he added. “Liverpool are probably out of sight I would say, but City are within reach – you’ve got to aim high.

“You never know with this restart how everything is going to go for people.”

The Foxes travel to Watford, managed by former Leicester boss Pearson, on Saturday seeking to cut the seven-point deficit between themselves and Pep Guardiola’s side.

Discussing his relationship with Pearson, Schmeichel added: “I think you can see what Nigel has done there – he gets this response from people. He’s an amazing guy.”


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