Man Utd candidate Rodgers keeps focus on Europa League

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Celtic were beaten 4-0 in their home match against Bayer Leverkusen in SeptemberLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers will put aside speculation linking him with the vacancy at Manchester United to focus on beating Legia Warsaw on Thursday to ensure the Foxes keep their hopes of automatic qualification to the Europa League knockout stage alive.

The 48-year-old Northern Irishman has been linked with the United role after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked last Sunday.

It comes, though, at a time when Rodgers is encountering his rockiest patch since he took over in 2019.

The Foxes have for the past two campaigns been right in the mix challenging for a Champions League spot.

However, this term they are 12th in the Premier League table, eight points off a Champions League spot with almost a third of the season gone.

An illustration of how much their form has dropped off was the easy manner in which the team they defeated in May’s FA Cup final Chelsea beat them 3-0 last Saturday.

Rodgers needs a quick pick me up against the Polish side who beat them 1-0 in Warsaw in their earlier group stage meeting. 

Leicester are third in the group, two points off leaders Napoli and one adrift of Thursday’s opponents.

Victory over Legia would keep them in the hunt with one match to play to top the group and progress to the knockout stages.

The runners-up would be consigned to a play-off which also features the eight third-placed Champions League group teams.

Napoli are away to bottom side Spartak Moscow who need to win to stay in the race themselves on Wednesday.

A win for Rodgers’s side could set up a winner takes all trip to Napoli in their final match.

Leicester winger Ademola Lookman — on loan from Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig — is predicting a tough encounter with Legia.  

“Whenever you’re playing in Europe, you’re coming up against a good team,” he told the Leicester website.

Victory would leave them one point off Leverkusen and with a final home game against Real Betis.

“I feel we are in a good place to have a go at them,” said Celtic’s Australian manager Ange Postecoglou.

“Can we take the game to them and come away with a result?

“Otherwise it’s all bravado without any substance.

“The reason we play as we do is because that is the kind of team we want to be.

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