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Rodgers proud of Leicester City stars after Aston Villa win

Brendan Rodgers was ‘very proud’ of Leicester City after their 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday.

The Foxes went ahead at Villa Park after 19 minutes when Harvey Barnes set-up James Maddison to curl past Emiliano Martinez.

With England boss Gareth Southgate in the stands, Barnes made it 2-0 just four minutes later after tapping in from close range.

Bertrand Traore pulled one back for Villa when he pounced on a loose ball shortly after the half-time.

But Leicester were good enough to hold onto the victory, further solidifying their chances of finishing in the top-four.

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Having missed out of Champions League qualification by losing on the final day of last season, Rodgers said after the game that his players were feeling more confident this term.

“We were able to go in and reflect on last season and go through it in pre-season,” Rodgers told Sky Sports after his side’s win at Villa Park.

“There’s a greater calmness. We’re playing some great football, but at times you have to dig in and have spirit, and we are able to do that.

“I thought some of our football and the speed of our game was really, really good. We didn’t have too many concerns defensively.

“I was so pleased and very proud of the team.”

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