Cotterill warns of Leicester danger

Sven-Goran Eriksson has kept in touch with Pompey boss Steve Cotterill
Sven-Goran Eriksson has kept in touch with Pompey boss Steve Cotterill
Conor Chaplin could start againsyt Plymouth. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey v Plymouth: pre-match talking points

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Pompey have been warned to brace themselves for one of their toughest opponents this season as they head to Leicester.

The Blues visit the Walkers Stadium tomorrow with September’s 6-1 demolition of the Foxes still fresh in the mind.

That memorable thumping ended 27 days at the foot of the Championship and also marked boss Steve Cotterill’s first Pompey league win.

These days, the Blues have secured their safety comfortably, while Leicester are in contention for the play-offs.

For Cotterill, tomorrow’s rematch will also be a reunion with Sven-Goran Eriksson, who was with him briefly at Notts County last year.

But despite September’s scintillating scoreline, Pompey’s boss regards the Foxes as one of the best teams they have faced so far and insists Pompey must be at their very best to keep their own slim play-off hopes alive.

Cotterill said: ‘I think I remember saying straight after that game that Leicester were one of the best sides we have played.

‘We have since seen that by their upturn in fortunes and the way they have gone up the table.

‘Sometimes things go right for you on certain days. Leading up to that game we probably earned that bit of luck against Leicester that night.

‘We weren’t shouting from the rooftops when we won that game. We quickly put it to bed and got on with our next game at the time.

‘We expect Leicester to be a tough game up there tomorrow – even if both teams will have changed dramatically since the game back then.

‘They have got a very good first XI and a very good bench, so we need to make sure we are alert in all areas of the pitch.

‘Certainly over the next couple of games we’ve got tough ones.

‘Leicester are a good club. I had a short period of time there for three months at the end of pre-season when they were in the Premier League and had a great time there.

‘They are really good people, have a fantastic stadium and I am looking forward to going back there.’

Cotterill already knows tomorrow’s opposite number from his Notts County days.

Eriksson had quit as director of football by the time Cotterill came through the Meadow Lane door but the pair got to know each other.

And Cotterill revealed they have stayed in touch since.

He added: ‘I know Sven from my Notts County days.

‘He’s been England manager and, more importantly, I actually like him. I think that is more important than anything.

‘At Notts County, he was on the cusp of leaving when I went in. It wasn’t as if he was director of football. We were almost like passing ships.

‘I met him a few times when I was there, though.

‘To be fair to him, after he left he came to the player of the year do there, which I thought was good.

‘I’ve spoken to him on the phone a few times. He’s a good guy. I like Sven.’