BRENDAN RODGERS is setting his sights firmly on taking Leicester back into the Champions League.
Today they take on Arsenal at the King Power Stadium knowing victory will tighten their grip on a top-four spot.
It is all starting to bring back memories of the club’s remarkable run to the 2015-16 Premier League title.
And here SunSport’s GRAEME BRYCE assesses how former Liverpool and Celtic boss Rodgers has got the Foxes flying since his arrival at the club in February.
THE VARDY FACTOR
Jamie Vardy rebelled against Claude Puel, who wanted to sign a new striker to challenge his ‘untouchable’ status.
When he arrived, Rodgers shook his hand and told the veteran: “I’m glad you’re here”. He then set up his team to get the best out of Vardy’s unique assets.
No dropping deep to link play. No tireless runs into corners. Assists were a bonus, not a requirement.
Rodgers encouraged Vardy to play between the lines of the penalty box where he could inflict maximum damage. With fewer touches, Vardy was scoring more goals.
Rodgers says: “He is right up my street in terms of devilment, running and hunger to score. We have struck up a strong relationship.”
The striker’s questionable old favourites Lucozade, port, nicotine pouches and Skittles dissolved in vodka have been binned.
Vardy, 33 in January, is the first player to score 10 Premier League goals this season and has just been voted player of the month.
Crucially, as his former team-mates in the England camp report for duty on Monday, evergreen Vardy will have the luxury of going on holiday to Dubai again.
THE MIDDLE MEN
Vardy couldn’t thrive without service and he is having his chances served up on a solid gold salver.
No player in Europe’s top five leagues wins more tackles than 22-year-old midfield anchor Wilfred Ndidi.
In front of him, there are four angles of attack that operate like a pinball machine.
England hopeful James Maddison provides more assists and goal-scoring chances than anyone else in the Premier League. Youri Tielemans – a steal at £32million – rarely gives the ball away.
Out wide Harvey Barnes can consider himself unlucky not to have joined Maddison in Gareth Southgate’s squad, while £30m new boy Ayoze Perez is finally finding his feet.
Rodgers was alarmed at how pedestrian Leicester were when he arrived and now demands relentless pressing.
He slashed the players’ hours on the training pitch – but increased the intensity and demanded his players performed every drill at flat-out match-pace.
Liverpool and Manchester City might argue – but Rodgers will feel he has the best full-back pair in the Prem.
England left-back Ben Chilwell, who came through the academy, and £21.5m Portuguese right-back Ricardo Pereira, have Rolls Royce engines and purr effortlessly up and down the park.
Against three-man defences, he can tuck wingers Barnes and Perez in to tie up the stoppers – leaving Chilwell and Pereira to provide the width as auxiliary wingers.
Not only can they over-lap, they are developing an eye for goal when they under-lap with both of them already off the mark this season.
It’s to Rodgers credit that the loss of £80m centre-half Harry Maguire to Manchester United has barely caused a ripple at the King Power.
Surprisingly, Rodgers resisted reaching for the chequebook and put his faith in Turkish defender Caglar Soyuncu.
After considerable man-hours on the training pitch, suddenly City fans have a new cult hero .
While Jonny Evans efficiently glides around the pitch making the job look easy, Soyuncu crashes around lauching tackles, winning headers and putting his body on the line.
He is a rough diamond but Rodgers is applying a lot of polish. The defender’s rash moments of slapdash are rarer these this season.
Soyuncu wasn’t thought of as a cheap signing at £19million when he arrived from Freiburg and failed to impress during 11 Premier appearances last season.
But the stopper with the flowing locks now looks a snip.
A HAPPY DRESSING ROOM
Claude Puel deserves more credit than he receives for putting together a fabulous squad packed with exciting young talent.
But the Frenchman criminally failed to win over the mature students.
Vardy didn’t fancy the Frenchman and that rubbed off on others.
The first thing Rodgers did when he arrived was respect the elders in a notoriously close-knit dressing-room.
He lavished praise on Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel and handed new deals to skipper Wes Morgan and Christian Fuchs, who had been set to quit for the MLS.
Both veterans of the 2016 campaign have been reminded of their worth and Rodgers invariably turns to Morgan once a lead has been established and needs protecting.
In return the old lads have kept the youngsters well aware of the standards set during the club’s title-winning season.
The younger generation have even set up a coffee club where they visit a few local haunts.
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REAL DEAL RODGERS
It’s the warmth that hits you when you enter the King Power Stadium.
Frosty Puel was a man of few words and was seen as an aloof figure.
In stark contrast Rodgers is quick to offer a handshake or hug and enjoys a bit of blarney with staff.
He is confident enough to delegate, whether it’s senior players or his bright young coaching staff, which includes his former Liverpool defender Kolo Toure.
Rodgers was criticised for leaving Celtic when he was on the brink of the treble Treble.
But he looked at Leicester and liked what he saw with a bright young squad and a plush new £100million state-of-the-art training centre scheduled to open next season.