Ben Chilwell

Chilwell's Optimism For Aston Villa Clash

Ben Chilwell believes Leicester City can draw on their recent encounters with Aston Villa to inspire them to victory at King Power Stadium on Monday.
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- Ben Chilwell previews Monday's clash with Aston Villa at King Power Stadium (8pm kick-off)
- Leicester City beat Villa 4-1 in Birmingham back in December, but lost out to Dean Smith's men in the Carabao Cup
- Chilwell says the Foxes must use that experience against Villa to give them confidence on Monday
- Fans can tune into live and free coverage of the match on LCFC Radio from 5pm on the night of the game

The Foxes welcome Villa to Filbert Way on Monday for an 8pm kick-off in the Premier League after already facing Dean Smith's men three times in two competitions this season.

In December, Leicester sealed a Club-record eighth consecutive Premier League victory over Villa in Birmingham, before losing out over two legs in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

However, Chilwell, who played in all three matches, says City must remember the quality of their performance at Villa Park three months ago, while learning the lessons of their cup exit in January.

Jamie Vardy netted a brace in December, alongside efforts from Kelechi Iheanacho and Jonny Evans, during a run of form which saw the Foxes further establish their standing in the top four.

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Chilwell: We're Comfortable With The Pressure

Left-back Ben Chilwell looks ahead to the visit of Aston Villa to King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Monday.

"Obviously, everyone’s forgotten about the league, when we played against them, and we won 4-1 earlier on in the season," the England international told the media earlier this week.

"We played brilliantly that day, so we’ve just got to focus on that. The League Cup is obviously massively disappointing. It would’ve been great to reach a cup final.

"But we’ve just got to concentrate on the game coming up on Monday. We'll look at the league game when we played them a few months ago and try and replicate that.

"It’s a young group of lads and maybe we weren’t quite clinical enough. Looking back now, like I say, it would’ve been great to reach a cup final.

"Over 180 minutes, we definitely probably played the better football, but that doesn’t mean anything.


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"They were more clinical and probably deserved to go through in the end because they showed that clinical edge that we didn’t show."

Eleven-time capped England left-back Chilwell, meanwhile, also says he is growing accustomed to expectation, both internationally, but also at Leicester City.

Brendan Rodgers' side remain well-placed the Premier League and, although encountering a tough run of form over recent weeks, still hold a five-point lead over fourth-placed Chelsea.

"That pressure does raise when you become an international footballer," he added. "The standards that you set yourselves and the standards that people set for you do go up, but that’s a good thing.

"I think that shows that obviously people respect you and expect you to perform week in, week out to help the Club win games.

"Leicester is putting the pressure on us to be a big club. Us as players want to do the same, we want to be big-game players, and hopefully over the coming years, we can start to win trophies."

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