Brendan Rodgers claims he measures himself more on improving players than winning trophies with Leicester boss still looking for his first trophy with club
- Brendan Rodgers won seven domestic trophies during his stint at Celtic
- His first full season in charge of Leicester saw the club finish fifth in the table
- But Rodgers claims he is more interested in influencing players than medals
- Leicester will finish top of Europa League group if they match Braga’s result
Brendan Rodgers claims he is more interested in improving players than winning titles as he tries to guide Leicester to their first European trophy.
The Foxes boss won seven domestic prizes during his two-and-a-half years at Celtic before taking Leicester to fifth place in the Premier League last term – his first full campaign – and qualifying for the Europa League.
Leicester have already booked their spot in the last 32 will finish top of their group as long as their result against AEK Athens on Thursday matches what Braga do in the other game against Zorya Luhansk.
Brendan Rodgers claims he is more interested in improving players than winning titles
The Foxes boss won seven domestic prizes during his two-and-a-half years at Celtic
‘My yardstick has always been about influence, how I can influence players and develop them,’ said Rodgers.
‘Winning trophies for myself is not at the forefront of my mind. There are a lot of great managers that never get a chance to do it.
‘My challenge was to get Leicester into the higher echelons of the Premier League and compete in European competition.
‘Once we did it in the first season, I want to repeat it. Everyone wants to win trophies, but I love my job here, and that’s my focus.’
He took Leicester to fifth place in the Premier League last season but awaits his first trophy
Rodgers has helped develop the likes of James Justin (above) since becoming Leicester boss
As they did in the 1-0 defeat to Zorya in Ukraine last week, Leicester are expected to rest a number of key players to keep them fresh for Sunday’s home clash with Brighton in the league.
Top scorer Jamie Vardy is likely to be on the bench or out of the squad altogether.
Wilfred Ndidi continues to build fitness after featuring against both Zorya and in the 2-1 win at Sheffield United last Sunday, and should start in central midfield.
Rodgers has also developed talent from abroad including Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans