MANCHESTER, July 25 – Manchester United will be under more pressure than Leicester City to secure a Champions League berth as they rely on the financial rewards that come with playing in the European elite league, Leicester said. boss Brendan Rodgers yesterday.
Fifth-placed Leicester is one point behind United and a victory at King Power Stadium tomorrow in the last Premier League game of the season guarantees a spot in the top four. United’s fate would be determined by Chelsea’s result against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
If Chelsea lose, a draw is enough for United to qualify, while Leicester finishes fourth in goal difference and returns to the Champions League for the first time in three years.
“There is a difference where we want to be in the Champions League, but if you’re a club like Manchester United, you have to be in the Champions League,” Rodgers told reporters.
“If you are at that level of expenditure … you have to be there and that brings a different level of expectation.
“We want to be there, but if we fall short, it’s still been a very good season.”
Leicester has been a constant in the top four since September, but bad form since the restart last month has led Rodgers’ squad to fifth after a 3-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur in their penultimate game.
Injuries to key players such as defender Ben Chilwell and midfielder James Maddison have intensified their pursuit in the top four. Rodgers said that despite their problems, the players have performed well to bring the fight to the last day.
“We are very unhappy to have lost some of the best players in the league at this crucial moment,” he added.
“But there are not many teams that can transport those players. And it shows how good the players are that we are still fighting for the final prize. – Reuters