Marc Albrighton says Foxes taking Europa League as seriously as Champions League

Marc Albrighton is targeting another entry into “Leicester folklore” with fresh European glory.

Title-winner Albrighton was part of the Foxes’ side who reached the Champions League quarter-finals in 2017.

He scored City’s first-ever goal in the competition at Club Brugge and then notched against Sevilla to reach the last eight.

Now he insists Brendan Rodgers’ squad are taking the Europa League very seriously too as they aim to wrap up top spot tonight in Group G at home to AEK Athens behind closed doors.

Albrighton,31, who joined Leicester in 2014, said: “I do think the Europa League is going to be special this year.

Marc Albrighton celebrates Leicester’s first-ever Champions League goal against Brugges

“We are looking to do really well in it and go as far as we can.

“That will create special moments during games.

“We as a group of players are just as determined as we would be in the Champions League with a full stadium.

“We have a platform to create something special and put ourselves further in Leicester folklore.

“We have spoken about what a good opportunity it is for us.

“We have seen English clubs do well in it in previous years.

“We are looking to do the same.

“We have a big squad here and if we were just fighting on one front it would decrease game time and leave players unhappy.”

Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers has never taken a side beyond the last 32 of the Europa League

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Leicester have already qualified for the last 32 of the competition but need victory tonight to be sure of finishing top.

Success will help improve Rodgers’ own record in Europe following his spells in charge of Liverpool and Celtic.

The last 32 of the Europa League was the furthest he got as boss of both clubs.

And Rodgers admits lifting a trophy in Europe one day would be a dream.

Rodgers,47, said: “Over your career, of course, everyone would wish to be able to do that as a coach if you are lucky enough to work with teams and players to allow you to aspire to that.

“I love it, it’s not too dissimilar to the Premier League.

“It’s very competitive with a lot of teams and diverse playing styles.

“But it is not at the forefront of my mind in terms of worrying about myself and trophies.

“There are some great coaches and managers who never get the chance to do that because of the teams they have worked with.

“My challenge here was to try to get Leicester into the top echelons of the league which would hopefully then allow us to play in European competition.

“In my first full season we have been able to do that and the challenge then is can you do it the second time?

“I am just loving my job here, loving my work helping the club and helping players improve and grow.

“Our ambition is to be the best we can.”

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