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Rosler: There is no pressure on my players

5 January 2018

Fleetwood Town’s head coach Uwe Rosler says there is no pressure on his players ahead of Saturday's Emirates FA Cup third round tie with Leicester City (12:45pm k/o).

The match will be the first time that Town have played against a Premier League side, and it will see the return of Town hero Jamie Vardy, who helped the Cod Army gain promotion to the Football League back in 2012.

This will be the third time that Fleetwood have reached the third round of the cup, and the German now wants his players to go out and enjoy the occasion.

“There is no pressure on my players,” said Rosler

“The only pressure is for them to perform to their maximum.

“I think it’s important that our supporters see it as a great opportunity to measure ourselves against a team, who won the Premier League just two years ago.

“Everybody is excited about this game as it’s not the norm that you are preparing to play top-level opposition.

“Leicester will come here thinking that they’ll go further, and for us, everything must fall into place to give us half a chance.

“I think when you ask the chairman, Andy Pilley, he will say that this match against Leicester is the biggest game in the club’s history.”

Fleetwood have enjoyed a successful Christmas period by winning two of their last three games, and it’s a run of matches where Rosler knows his side can take a lot of positives from into Saturday's match up against the Foxes.

“I’m happy with our latest league run,” added the head coach.

“Two wins away from home and with the way we played against Bradford, it was unfortunate we didn’t win.”

“We came through a difficult festive period and god bless we didn’t get any injuries going into the Leicester match, so that was positive.

“We need options and that made us good last year. That’s why we were good and that’s why we are playing well again, because we have more players available.”

A manager who certainly isn’t short of options is Leicester’s Claude Puel, and Rosler is looking forward to testing himself against the Frenchman.

“It excites me that there’s a good manager and team coming to us.

He is an experienced man, and has been a very successful manager at Leicester since taking over.

“Puel is a very calm and composed manager and that’s why I said before that I want to measure our team against theirs.

“Can we cause them problems? Can we be prepared for their play? And can we surprise them?

“In the end, we have to hand it over to the players when they go over the white line.”


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