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A "wonderful opportunity" to reach Wembley

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers previews his side's Semi-Final second leg at Aston Villa...

27 January 2020

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers says his side have a "wonderful opportunity" which they must take, ahead of their Carabao Cup Semi-Final second leg against Aston Villa on Tuesday evening.

With the tie finely poised following a 1-1 draw in the first leg earlier this month, the Foxes will be hoping to build upon what has been a memorable campaign so far by becoming the first side to book their place in March's Final at Wembley Stadium.

Rodgers is unbeaten in 30 matches in cup competitions and, speaking ahead of the game, says he's looking forward to what promises to be a "great occasion".

"We played well in the first game but didn’t get the result we wanted," he told reporters. "It’s a semi-final and a wonderful opportunity for us. It’ll be a great occasion.

"We’re prepared and ready for kick-off. We know the threat Aston Villa have but we also respect our qualities.

"Reaching the Final would be something tangible to show how hard the players have worked. We’re building something here to sustain."

Kelechi Iheanacho could feature after impressing in recent weeks and scoring in the first leg.

Rodgers says he has been delighted with the striker's form but revealed he will face competition for a place from Jamie Vardy, who is available for selection after injury.

"I'm delighted with him [Iheanacho]. He’s been first class. He’s a good boy who has been working hard every day since I came in. He’s playing with a high level of confidence.

"Jamie is fine, he’s in the squad. He’s worked very hard since his injury last midweek. He’s in the squad and then we’ll give it another full day.

"We’ll see how he is tomorrow [Tuesday], depending on whether he starts or comes off the bench. It’s one where, if you’re asking me if he’s 100 per cent, he may be 80 per cent."


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