Brendan Rodgers: Europa League could come too early for Leicester
Last Updated: 18/04/19 3:27pm
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says he thinks Europa League qualification could come too early for his team, but that they will embrace whatever challenges face them.
The Foxes remain seventh in the Premier League despite losing 1-0 at home to Newcastle last Friday and that will be good enough for a return to Europe if Manchester City beat Watford in the FA Cup final.
Rodgers has already said he wants to establish Leicester as a top six club but he is unsure whether European football next season is a helpful stepping stone towards that goal.
"There's an argument for and against it," said Rodgers. "It could come too early for us especially when we're trying to create something but it's always difficult to turn it down if the opportunity is there.
"At the moment it looks like no one wants it, we lost on Friday and all the other teams around us lost as well.
"But our job is to finish the season as well as we possibly can and if that takes us to seventh then great, we'll embrace whatever the challenges are for next season whether we're in Europe or not."
Leicester face a tough task maintaining seventh position in the Premier League.
They travel to West Ham on Saturday followed by a home match against Arsenal on April 29, live on Sky Sports.
That is followed by a trip to Manchester City on May 4, also live on Sky Sports, before closing the season at home to Chelsea the following weekend.