Wednesday 22 January 2020

'Players are not robots'

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Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers. Photo: Getty Images
Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers. Photo: Getty Images

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has blasted the Christmas fixture list as detrimental to his club's title bid.

With Liverpool not in Premier League action until St Stephen's Day due to their World Club Championship duties, second-placed Leicester can reduce the gap to seven points if they can win away to Manchester City today.

But the Foxes have only a 45-hour gap between that game against Liverpool and their next fixture, away to West Ham.

"The game is about money now," said Rodgers.

"You can't say it's about the welfare of players. We're playing at 8 o'clock on the 26th, and then on the 28th we are playing at 5.30pm. You can manage that if then somewhere there is leeway for the players.

"You want to succeed and play lots of games, but the players aren't robots. It's not a computer game," added Rodgers, who admits that he cannot ask top scorer Jamie Vardy (32) to play twice in a short space of time.

"You cannot risk the fitness of a player," he said.

"You play on the 26th, a high-intensity game against Liverpool, fighting for the result. In football, it's the second day where the players suffer.

"You get that first day of recovery but it's the second day where it's really tough for a player. It's just nonsense really."

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