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Carabao Cup

Rodgers eyes Carabao Cup Final spot

8 January 2020

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is targeting 30 games unbeaten in cup football as his Foxes entertain Aston Villa in the Semi-Final first-leg of the Carabao Cup.

The 46-year-old picked up three Scottish League Cups and two Scottish Cups during his time at Celtic, but the Northern Irishman is not paying attention to the record and has his sights set firmly on a spot in the Final.

“It seems a long time ago since I lost a league cup game, I was honoured and privileged to win my first trophy with the group of players that I had at Celtic, their 100th trophy in their history,” he said.

“It was fantastic, and then I have come to Leicester with the same idea and the same intent, looking to win every game and see where it takes us. We’re into the Semi-Finals and it is a hard game of course, but it will be the same for Villa and our aim is to make the Final.

‘We have to get to the Final first - that is the main objective. We know that we have a tough game over two legs, Aston Villa are a good side they have good players that can hurt you, the focus is on getting to the final and once you are there it is a 50/50 chance.”

The two sides locked horns at Villa Park back in December in the Premier League, which saw Leicester run out convincing 4-1 winners, but Rodgers has dismissed the idea that it will be a similar game this time around.

“You gain confidence from winning games and playing well against a team that you’ve already played, but these games are very different to league games,we’ve got to stay calm and play how we have been playing all season,” he added.

“We have been looking to impose our way, respect the opposition and their qualities and strengths, we are playing at home and we want to head into the second-leg with an advantage.

"We’ve had away games throughout the competition so far so it is nice to be back at home, the players have been brilliant up until this point and we hopecreate some sort of advantage to take to Villa Park.”

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