The five key quotes from Brendan Rodgers' pre-Leeds press conference
Brendan Rodgers during his side's 1-0 win against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium | Photo: Getty/ Plumb Images

Leicester City will look to make it four wins in a row in all competitions on Monday night when they face a confident-looking Leeds United.

The Foxes return to Premier League action off the back of a 2-1 win away at AEK Athens in the UEFA Europa League whilst Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds have made an exciting start to life back in the top-flight -recently ending Aston Villa's 100% winning start after a Patrick Bamford hat-trick ensured they would take the three points back to Yorkshire.

A win for either side will move them back into the top four, with Leicester able to move as high as second should they record a fifth straight away win this season.

Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers spoke to the press ahead of the trip to Elland Road.

On the squad's fitness

Injuries have been an unfortunate theme for Leicester this season and Monday will be no different, with several key players ruled out.

Ricardo Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu and Wilfred Ndidi are long term absentees along with Daniel Amartey but joining them on the treatment table will be Timothy Castagne.

The Belgian summer signing suffered a hamstring problem in the win over Arsenal and won't return until after the international break, however Rodgers was able to provide some hope that Jonny Evans would play a part, after the Northern Ireland international missed out on Thursday's win due to a back problem.

“We’re hopeful that Jonny will be back. We’ve had the scan and that’s come up clear. We’re hopeful that with the game 48 hours away, he’ll be available. Apart from that, we don’t have anyone who has been out longer term to be back."

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On the squad mentality 

Leicester's busy schedule this season always meant there would be injuries along the way, but with four key first-team players out long term, bit-part players have played an important role in the side's positive start to the season and demonstrated that they are more than capable of stepping up when called upon.

Rodgers believes that the way his squad have performed shows just how tight-knit they are as a group.

He said: “It’s really demonstrating the unity within the team. We spoke over the course of pre-season and we looked at the challenges we would have ahead of us, but we also looked at the strength of our squad and we are very unified. We are accepting the responsibility that there will be injuries and challenges throughout the season, but we have to get on with it."

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On facing Leeds United

After 16-years away from the Premier League, the return of Leeds United has been welcomed with open arms.

The Yorkshire side have looked hugely impressive so far, taking the game to all their opposition and currently sit two points outside the UEFA Champions League spots.

Free-scoring Leeds have 12 goals from their opening six games, the most a newly-promoted club has scored in the Premier League for 27 years and having previously been the manager of a promoted side in Swansea City before, Rodgers won't allow his side to become complacent.

He said: "I took Swansea up and I know the challenges you have being a newly promoted team. When we got promoted it was deemed we were just a team coming up and it wasn't until after teams realised the level of our game. We won't make that mistake with our preparation (for Monday). We see the quality they have, the focus, the mobility."

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On Marcelo Bielsa

For many managers, Marcelo Bielsa is their biggest idol. Known as El Loco for his wild antics both on an off the touchline, Bielsa's knowledge has inspired some of the best coaches in the world and for Brendan Rodgers, he is no different.

"I love Marcelo Bielsa from way back" the 47-year-old said. "I started coaching in the 1990s and when I was looking into coaching, different managers and different styles he was on my radar when he was with Argentina. He came into Europe with Athletic Bilbao.

"You saw the unique style he has in terms of man-marking and the intensity with which his teams play. I was delighted when he came to Leeds, they have a great tradition in the game. It didn't quite work in the first year but in the second year he got them over the line. They have come into the Premier League and been outstanding."

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On the absence of fans

The lack of fans in grounds has had a clear effect on football this season with record-breaking, high-scoring matches becoming more and more of a normality in this less-than-ordinary campaign.

Some clubs have evidently struggled without their fans and Rodgers admits that the impact of an empty stadium can work in favour of different teams.

"It does change it, but it changes it home and away for both teams,"  he said. "For some teams playing with no fans is a huge advantage because there's no pressure. Other teams will need the supporters. We miss our supporters, especially at home, but it's the situation that everyone is in.

"Leeds of course is notoriously a very tough place to go and of course if they had the backing of the supporters that would make it really difficult. But we know it's going to be a really difficult game either way and we have to be ready for that."

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