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Rodgers: Leicester underdogs in race for Europa League

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Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers. Pic: PA

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers. Pic: PA

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Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers. Pic: PA

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers believes the Foxes are underdogs in the race for Europe.

They host Newcastle tomorrow aiming for a fifth-straight win - which would be their best Premier League run for two years. Their form has lifted them to seventh - which would earn a Europa League spot if Manchester City win the FA Cup.

Leicester are ahead of Wolves on goal difference - having played a game more - and a point above Everton and Watford, and Rodgers feels they are favourites ahead of his side. He said: "While you're playing well you claim the points but others will still have an advantage with the games to play.

"It (European qualification) wasn't something that we thought about coming in. The job is to get through to the end of the season, building a base for the summer.

"We want to entertain the supporters, they have to want to come to the stadium and be happy with what they've seen. We're building towards that.

"I always think confidence comes from hard work. There's no rocket science to it. We prepare very intensely to maximise what we can get out of the players.

"The basis of that is just hard work. We always try to be clear in how we play and I always think that helps.

"You gain confidence from winning games. If it doesn't work out I never get frustrated with players. They will always make mistakes but I think they have enjoyed the learning environment we have created."