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Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester have endured a hard time considering that the Premier League restarted following the coronavirus suspension

Brendan Rodgers says if Leicester allow themselves to be distracted by their pursuit for Champions League football they will not finish in the very best four.

Before lockdown, the Foxes were in fine form and looked certain to secure Champions League football for next season.

Since the reunite, however, they will have won only once in five games, a run of form which, combined with Chelsea and Manchester United finding their groove, means the race for Europe looks set to attend the wire.

Rodgers takes his side to struggling Bournemouth on Sunday night and can instil the players with the motivation that focus is all-important.

“If we think about the Champions League and everything that’s at stake, then we’ve lost our focus.” that he said. “And it’s so important currently – you’ll hear the phrase but the definition of it’s that we’re not likely to focus so much on the Champions League, otherwise you’ve lost it.

“We have to focus on our performance. The team is very worked up about the period that we’re in. When we were losing it was not so good but we had an extremely good win against Crystal Palace and a good point away at Arsenal.

“Now we have our next game and that’s our only focus. I think we were unlucky not to have won before the Crystal Palace game but offensively we fell below the standard a couple of times.”

Rodgers will once more be unable to call upon the services of the injured James Maddison and Ben Chilwell, but that he is confident he has players within his squad to fill the void left by such established names.

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“These are guys that have been real prominent players for us this season but I’ve got a big trust in the squad,” he said.

“Of course we’ll miss those players but we’ve guys like James Justin that have are available in and been absolutely brilliant, he will only get better.

“Ryan Bennett has come off the bench and been absolutely superb, so for all of us, it’s in regards to the collective.”

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