Ali Reghba

Reghba: We're Ready For Season Opener

Leicester City Development Squad forward Ali Reghba says he and his team-mates are eager to get started as the Foxes prepare to face Manchester United on Monday.

- Leicester City's Under-23s play Manchester United in their PL2 opener on Monday evening (7pm kick-off)
- The Foxes finished second in the table last season after the season was curtailed due to COVID-19
- Ali Reghba believes City can replicate their good form and bring it into this campaign
- The players are all hungry and raring to go again, Reghba adds

The Premier League 2 Division 1 campaign gets underway next week, with City's youngsters travelling to Leigh Sports Village to take on the Red Devils (7pm kick-off). 

The Development Squad already have one competitive game under their belt this season - a 2-1 away victory over Hull City in the EFL Trophy, thanks to goals from Callum Wright and George Hirst.

And Reghba, who played 90 minutes in that fixture, is now looking forward to the new league campaign, following a shortened pre-season due to COVID-19.

"I'm really excited, I can't wait to get going," the forward told LCFC.com. "We've had a really good start to pre-season and also, we're looking forward to the season kicking off. 

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Ali Reghba
Ali Reghba

Reghba says everyone within the squad is ready to get going and start the new Premier League 2 campaign.

"To be honest, the only effect it's really had on us is less time to prepare. But I feel like, since we've came back in, we've prepared really right.

"Everyone's came back in sharp. So, we didn't really have any delays. We're just really ready to get started and get going with the season.

 "My ambition is this season, I feel I just want to do the best I can and just set high targets and score as many goals as I can."

The 2019/20 Premier League 2 season was cut short, with City unable to finish a promising campaign that saw them sit in second position behind Chelsea, in the points-per-game adjusted final standings.

Reghba says there is a hunger within the squad to keep that form going in this campaign, ahead of Monday's trip to face Manchester United.

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He continued: "The fact that we know what we're capable of doing and last season we showed that we've been fighting for the title.

"We're really looking forward to getting going and I feel like we're hungry. Everyone's hungry and ready to go. We always aim as high as we can. So, obviously, we want to be up there again.

"We've got to take it game by game and we can't think ahead too far. So, we just really want to do the best we can do."

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Development Squad
Development Squad

City's youngsters narrowly missed out on the league title to Chelsea last season.

With several of last season's Under-23s squad going out on loan or linking up with the first-team, it has provided opportunities for several of the Academy players to step up.

"So, obviously we've got a couple of new faces in the team now and the lads know what we're about," Reghba added. 

"I feel like we've gelled really well, because we already know a couple of the lads that came up with us.

"They were with the Under-18s last year, they trained with us a couple of times so they know what we're about and they fit in really well."

All times BST. 

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