There are 14 full-size pitches at Leicester City’s new £100 million, 185-acre training facility at Seagrave in north Leicestershire, which provides the perfect setting for Brendan Rodgers to drill his players into shape in their pursuit of Champions League qualification.

Out on the grass, Rodgers could not hope for a better environment in which to prepare his squad, but what has been going on within his spacious office is just as important.

There has been the same level of work done inside the complex as there was at Belvoir Drive since the Northern Irishman’s arrival, to get his players ready mentally as well as physically, and it holds the key to Rodgers’ success.

While other managers have kept a professional distance from their players, preferring to be a figurehead overseeing the work done within the ranks, aloof, passing down the orders from upon high, Rodgers has taken a hands-on approach on the training ground and within the…



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