Claude Puel: 'Burnley a must-win game for Leicester City'
Apr 16 2018
After keeping clean sheets in six of their opening nine Premier League home games this season, and conceding just three goals, Sean Dyche's side have conceded in each of their last six at Turf Moor (nine goals in total).
Burnley are now red-hot favourites to claim seventh spot in the Premier League after beating their nearest rivals Leicester 2-1 at Turf Moor to open up a nine-point gap with only five games left. Burnley, though, just about did enough to see the game through. Five-and-a-half years ago we were 16th in the Championship. The rest of the squad is good to go, but it'll be interesting to see who's drafted into the squad as a substitute midfielder. "We're in very good shape". While Burnley are now favourites to be "the best of the rest", a win for Leicester could see them gain some valuable momentum for the last five games, with Burnley still having to face three of the top six.
With five games of the season to go, Leicester are still targeting a top ten finish and Puel is hoping their second-half performance can carry through into their remaining fixtures this term.
If there have been any second thoughts about whether a European adventure is really what Burnley want at this stage of their development, then those doubts clearly do not extend to the players judging by their lightning start. City breezed past Tottenham on Saturday, leaving them three points from the title, which could also be achieved by a United loss to last-place West Brom at Old Trafford - an unlikely outcome, in all honesty.
Leicester need to raise their game following last week's defeat but they will be buoyed by the fact that they have won two on the bounce away from the King Power.
"If you imagine the mentality to come out of a run of 11 games in this league without a win and then put five wins together, that takes a tough mindset".
"Congratulations for this team and this manager because I think they deserve this good journey and perhaps Europe because they show a consistency throughout the season", he told Sky Sports. It was insane to have all the chances and to finish with one goal. I was surprised because there was good concentration before the game and to concede these two goals so quickly, it was hard to accept.