Pereira wants Foxes to show top-six credentials
Ricardo Pereira says Leicester must be “aggressive” against Tottenham on Saturday and prove they can compete for the top six by getting a positive result.
The Foxes slipped to their first defeat of the season last weekend when going down to a narrow 1-0 defeat at Manchester United – another club expected to be in the mix for the top six this term.
Next up for Brendan Rodgers’ side is a tough home clash with Spurs, who finished fourth last season and made it all the way to the Champions League final, but right-back Pereira wants his side to record a statement victory.
The Portugal international says Leicester must try and take the game to Mauricio Pochettino’s side, be “aggressive” and work well as a team in order to stand any chance of gaining all three points.
He told the club’s website: “I think we have to be aggressive. We have to play together, we have to help each other. If we want to arrive at the end in a good position, we have to play and get points in these types of games.”
Pereira has played every minute so far of Leicester’s five Premier League games and he says it is important they show their good start to the season has not been undone by just one setback at Old Trafford last time out.
The full-back says there must be a balance when judging the Foxes’ progress as they aim to compete for a top-six place this season after ending up in ninth in 2018-19 – 14 points adrift of sixth.
He added: “I think it’s a big challenge for us. We want to get back to victory. We know when we lose we’re not the worst team, and when we win, we’re not the best. It’s important to believe in our qualities and know our value and to bounce back to show what happened last week won’t happen again.”
Following the Spurs game, Rodgers’ side go to Championship side Luton Town in the Carabao Cup on September 24 before hosting Newcastle United in the league on September 29.