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Taggart & Elliott On ‘Wonderful’ New Rodgers Contract & Leicester Ambition

After Brendan Rodgers made a special appearance on Friday’s episode of Matchday Minus Two, LCFC TV guests Gerry Taggart and Matt Elliott reacted to the news of the Leicester City manager's contract extension.
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- Gerry Taggart and Matt Elliott reflect on Brendan Rodgers’ new Leicester City deal
- The Foxes manager agreed a contract extension to 2025 on Friday
- He made a special guest appearance on Matchday Minus Two alongside Taggart and Elliott

The Northern Irishman signed a new deal to 2025 on Friday, and exclusively confirmed the news on Matchday Minus Two alongside countryman and former Fox Taggart, and 2000 League Cup Final hero Elliott.

After Elliott replaced Rodgers on the LCFC TV studio sofa for the second half of the show, the panel discussed the impact City’s manager has had on the squad, the ambition the Club have shown and the atmosphere that has been forged after a brilliant spell of form.

Statement of ambition

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Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers has seen the Foxes win 11 times in 15 outings in the Premier League this term.

Gerry Taggart said: “It’s a statement of ambition, especially the length of the contract. They’ve realised what Brendan has brought to the Club – the style of football, the results. Obviously, with the new training ground opening, which he touched on, and the extension to the stadium, it’s a seamless part to the ambition that this club has.”

A welcome scenario

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Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers took training on Friday prior to signing a new deal with the Football Club.

Matt Elliott said: “It’s happened quite quickly. You feel perhaps that it was a likely and very welcome scenario. It’s done, and it’s wonderful news for everyone involved at the Football Club – the supporters, staff and players.”

Leicester’s ‘unbelievable’ run

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Leicester City
Leicester City

City made it seven-straight Premier League wins with a 2-0 victory over Watford on Wednesday.

Gerry Taggart said: “It’s been an unbelievable run for Leicester. It’s been a bit of a surprise, you could say, but the more you get to see this team play on the pitch, the more impressed you are by them. During Brighton and Sheffield United away, they had to be resilient, and showed they can be resilient alongside the flair that they have.”

The right atmosphere & environment

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Kelechi Iheanacho
Kelechi Iheanacho

Kelechi Iheanacho came off the bench last weekend to score a stoppage-time winner against Everton.

Matt Elliott said: “For many reasons, it’s exciting for Leicester City fans, but it’s about what you do on the pitch because that has a knock-on effect. You need to create the right atmosphere and the right environment, not just in a football sense. Back in our day, you got a feel about the Club, and an affinity for the Club, so you can understand why everyone is in it together.”

Villa have found their feet

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Aston Villa
Aston Villa

Dean Smith's outfit were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Gerry Taggart said: “They have Aston Villa next, and it’s been a bit of a stuttering start for them, but they’ve found their feet and they’re picking up results. They got beat away at Chelsea and played very well and got a great result against Manchester United in midweek, so they’re not going to be pushovers.”

Elliott keen to extend his own contract…

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Matt Elliott

Matt Elliott believes the way Leicester City have navigated some tricky fixtures this term is 'a sign of a very good team'.

Matt Elliott said: “They’ve been tested in different ways and they’ve more often than not come up with a solution, which is a sign of a very good team. They’re not just full of ability, but they have spirit and it’s been faultless. It’s a special time, even to the point where I might consider extending my contract with LCFC TV!”

Matt Elliott’s prediction: Aston Villa 1 Leicester City 2
Gerry Taggart’s prediction: Aston Villa 1 Leicester City 2

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