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Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says whatever side Manchester City can field on Sunday will be one to test his own team’s Premier League credentials. City boss Pep Guardiola has seen his options depleted, with only 13 fit senior players available.
With Phil Foden already starring for senior side, Rodgers expects the next crop of City talent to be ready to make a similar impact.
“With the players he does have available and the young players, they will all have enough motivation and quality to want to get a result,” said Rodgers. “All of the teams are still searching for your level of fitness having only had a few games.
“You are working with the players you have and will always be looking to go out to get a good performance and result. They are a top-level side and whatever happens, they are still top-class. We are playing against one of the top teams in Europe. It is a difficult game for us.”
Leicester’s much-changed side were beaten at home in the Carabao Cup by Arsenal on Wednesday night, which ended their perfect start to the new campaign. Rodgers is expecting a response against City, regardless of the calibre of the opposition.
“We have always said every game is an opportunity. The games you are supposedly (favourites) to win, it is always important to win those and we have done that in the first two Premier League games,” he said. “This is a different test for us and a different challenge. We have to go and show our own qualities. We have a respect for the likes of Manchester City but we cannot play with any fear, that is always what is important.”