Millwall boss Rowett says there is ‘no extra pressure’ on Leicester City in EFL Cup tie

Gary Rowett doesn’t feel there is any extra pressure on Leicester City heading into tonight’s EFL Cup tie at Millwall.

The Lions will be the underdogs as they square off against Premier League opposition. The Foxes finished fifth in the top flight last season and also won the FA Cup by beating Chelsea.

“I don’t think there is any pressure on either team in truth,” said Millwall manager Rowett. “Because both teams will be in a similar situation – we’ve had a lot of games and they’ve got a lot with their European campaign. They played Sunday [at Brighton] and I’m sure they’ll make some changes and those changes will be very good Premier League players, just as our changes will vbe very good Championship players.

“I expect a competitive game. It will be a tough game because they are a top Premier League side, they have shown that over the last five or six years. They have been finishing in and around the top four for a large part of it.

“But it is a nice breather from the league, sometimes it feels like the pressure is off a little bit and you can go and enjoy it a bit more.”

Jed Wallace will sit out the fixture due to illness, along with Liverpool loanee Sheyi Ojo. But Danny McNamara, Benik Afobe and George Evans should be back in the squad.

Millwall head to Forest on Saturday.

“With out injury list, with our illness list and the fact we have played two long away games and then a decent home game, I don’t think I’ve got a lot of choice other than to make a few changes,” said Rowett. “But it will still be a very strong team.

“We’ve got to be able to get enough energy into the team to play against a Leicester side who I’m sure will move the ball really wel and make it hard for us to have possession.

“I’ve got a good idea of who will feature and who I might just give a little breather to.”



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