Leicester City have been the fourth best team in the Premier League under Brendan Rodgers, but he believes they cannot be considered a top-six team yet.
In the 54 games over the 18 months since Rodgers took charge at the King Power Stadium, only Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea have picked up more points.
In fact, at the time of writing, Leicester have six more points than Manchester United, 11 more than Arsenal, and 12 more than Tottenham. A win over Leeds United on Monday night will put them second in the Premier League table after seven games of this season.
However, that period only takes in one top-six finish, last season’s fifth spot, and Rodgers believes a longer span of success is needed before City can be accurately described as a top-six club.
“Leicester won the league in that incredible story and then it was mid-table finishes from that, so I don’t think we can say that we’re in that (top-six) bracket yet,” he said.
“You’ve got to sustain and be up there, and that’s the beauty of the Premier League, it’s such a huge challenge to do that.
“We’re trying to do it in a way through coaching and bringing young players through and creating an environment where players want to come and play here and know that they’re going to develop and get better, but where there’s also a realistic chance of winning, because that’s also what we want to do as well. We want to win trophies. Not everyone can, but that’s what we want to do.
“We’ll see. The yardstick for us will be different for us compared to other teams, but we still have ambitions to be up there and fighting at the top.”
Rodgers has set his side the aim of again breaking into that top six, although he believes it will be even tougher this campaign given the busier schedule as they also bid for Europa League glory.
“When I came here I was asked about what success looked like, and we always knew it was going to be difficult to punch our way through into that top six, because of the resources, and the quality, and the size of those clubs of that level. That was always going to be the challenge and one of the reasons I came.
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“We were able to do that last year and I think success again would be to try to work our way in there again.
“The challenge is even greater because we want to do well in Europe as well as the other domestic cup competitions. Hopefully we’ll keep developing, keep improving, the players and will get greater experiences. Hopefully by the end of the season, we will be there or thereabouts in that top six again.”