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Rodgers Opens Up King Power Stadium to Prepare Leicester Players for Closed-door Matches

Brendan Rodgers will hold training sessions for Leicester at the King Power Stadium. This is to get his players used to playing on an empty park.

Leicester is set to go the following weekend to Bournemouth and Rodgers wants to give his players every chance to cope with the unusual environment created by the lack of fans.

“The game is not the same. It’s absolutely not. It can’t be. However, it’s what we have to do,” he said according to Sky Sports. “The intensity and commitment of the players will still be there. We’d obviously love our supporters to be there but there won’t be any.

“However, we’ll have a cause we’ll be fighting for. They may not be with us in the stadium but there’ll be millions of people watching, thousands of Leicester City supporters around the world watching.

“We have a duty for them to do the best we can, whether the stadium is full or whether it was empty, and that will be our focus.”

Holding third in the shutdown, Leicester has four home league games remaining – against Brighton, Manchester United, Sheffield United, and Crystal Palace – while hosting Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup at the end of June is also available to them.

The Premier League, which was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic in March, is expected to restart behind closed doors on 17 June:

“We’ll look at trying to prepare as best we can for that. We’ll have some practice games in our own stadium before we play. We’ll play at the King Power, so they’ll feel and get a sense of that,”

And Rodgers knows the lack of supporters can be a leveller, with the Foxes having lost at home this season just three times in the league:

“It takes away that home advantage for sure. Every team loves playing at home.

“We love that whole build-up to a game at the King Power and the fusion between the players and supporters, it makes it a really difficult place to come.

“Of course, if home teams don’t have that, it’s just about the game and puts it onto a level playing field as such.

“It will be strange, it will be different. But we’ll find ways to cope with that and we’ll look to get the job done.”