Leicester right-back Ricardo Pereira has urged his side to utilise the momentum gained from Saturday’s win against Tottenham. The Foxes claimed what felt like a coming-of-age victory against the Lilywhites, cementing their much-vaunted top-six credentials with a 2-1 triumph.
In a match that saw both sides have a goal ruled out by VAR, Ricardo drew the Foxes level after Harry Kane had opened the scoring, before James Maddison fired home to collect all three points with five minutes to go.
The result lifted them to third in the standings and results going their way ensured that’s where they ended the weekend.
Brendan Rodgers’ side change their focus this midweek as they look towards EFL Cup action.
The tournament is one they could realistically win and success would mark their first major cup competition victory since lifting the same trophy in 2000.
A trip to Championship Luton is their task and Rodgers is likely to use the match to give his fringe players the opportunity to impress. Regardless of the change in personnel, the chance to continue their excellent start to the season cannot be ignored, especially with a winnable game against Newcastle next up in the Premier League.
They then face Liverpool immediately before the international break but return from the hiatus to a favourable run of games against Burnley, Southampton and Crystal Palace. Ricardo has excelled since signing from Porto in the summer of 2019, earning both the club’s Player of the Season and the Players’ Player of the Season for last term and prompting unwanted talk of an exit.
His driving runs from right-back continue to give the team plenty of impetus and he has demanded they use the positivity surrounding the squad to spur them on. He told the club website: “We have some games coming and it’s important for the team to gain confidence, to be ready for the games that are coming and so it’s good to win.”