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Leicester can cope with title run-in pressure

By Steven Beacom

Surprise package Leicester City can handle the pressure in the Premier League title run-in, according to ex-Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

Under Rodgers in the 2013-2014 season, Liverpool played scintillating football and went close to winning their first championship since 1990 only to finish runners-up, just two points behind Manchester City.

Had the Reds claimed the crown it would have been viewed as an unexpected triumph, but nowhere near the shockwaves that will be created if Leicester hold on at the top of the table.

The Foxes are five points clear with nine games left in this season's unpredictable campaign and while Rodgers says the heat will intensify over the next couple of months, he feels Claudio Ranieri's men will cope.

"In our last 14 games of the season, when we were going for the title, we won 12, drew one and only lost one. We played our best football at that time," said Rodgers.

"It was only an unfortunate circumstance that we lost the league.

"People will say 'will the pressure get to Leicester?' I don't think that it will.

"I look at Leicester and they have quality players, they have good organisation and have played big opponents and played well against them. The better the opponent, the better they are. They are strong defensively and can score goals.

"When I see them after games, I don't see them getting over excited. They approach each game with calmness and are getting the job done. It will be interesting to see how it looks with five games to go. But certainly at this moment they are looking very good for it."

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