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Brendan Rodgers sees Leicester’s last six games as cup finals

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers will treat each of his side’s remaining six Premier League matches like a cup final.

Rodgers saw signs against Bournemouth on Saturday that the players are beginning to take on board his ideas, having replaced Claude Puel just over a month ago.

The former Celtic manager was particularly pleased with Leicester’s pressing against the Cherries and wants the team to continue to work hard until the end of the campaign.

“We want to do our best until the end and treat every game like a real cup final,” said Rodgers.

“If you want to succeed in the game you have to put maximum intensity into it and in the Premier League every game is tough and is a real challenge.

“It was a very good performance. We had cohesion and the way we pressed was outstanding, starting with Jamie Vardy at the front and the whole team followed.

“When I came in here I wanted us to finish the season strongly and then have a good pre-season. I came here because they are a fantastic group of players and they have shown hunger and a wonderful appetite to learn and that is very pleasing.”

Bournemouth’s 2-0 defeat at the King Power Stadium was a 10th loss in their last 11 away Premier League games, having won at Huddersfield prior to the international break.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe was disappointed his side were unable to build on that rare victory on their travels and hopes they can improve when they host Burnley next weekend.

“We hoped that was a turning point for us on the road,” said Howe. “It’s been hard as we haven’t got the points we wanted or been as solid defensively as we’d have liked so there’s lots for us to work on and improve.

“From our perspective we are looking at next week now and trying to focus on the Burnley game.”

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