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Exclusive: Keith Gillespie confident Leicester will get top four

Former Leicester City midfielder Keith Gillespie has exclusively told Football FanCast he doesn’t believe the Foxes are going to replicate their title-winning season again, but is confident that Brendan Rodgers’ men will finish in the top four.

Despite their defeat against Manchester City on Saturday, Leicester hold a seven-point cushion over fifth-place Tottenham.

It means that Rodgers’ team require at least six victories from their final eight Premier League to guarantee a place in next season’s Champions League.

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But Leicester will be wary of what happened this time last season.

Before Christmas, the Foxes were 14 points ahead of fifth-place Manchester United, but ended up winning six of their final 22 league matches and were replaced in the top four by Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s side following a final-day showdown.

However, despite Leicester’s final three fixtures being against United, Arsenal and Chelsea, Gillespie isn’t expecting a repeat.

He told Football FanCast:

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“In terms of where they are, I really like watching them, but Manchester City are too far ahead of anyone.

“But in terms of what they’ve done, they look pretty safe for top four. They fell away badly last year towards the end, but they haven’t got the Europa League, have an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to and are sitting third in the league.”

Gillespie also touched on Leicester’s famous 5000-1 title-winning campaign under Claudio Ranieri, but isn’t expecting a repeat of that any time soon.

He added:

“When Leicester won the league, what are your expectations then? It’s not something that’s going to be a regular thing.

“Anybody who’s a Leicester fan can enjoy that moment and think ‘wow’ how amazing did we do there? But I’ve got to be realistic, we’re not going to do that again.”

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