Claude Puel: 'Burnley a must-win game for Leicester City'

Saul Bowman
April 16, 2018

In the Longside, Burnley fans hugged, and in the dugout Sean Dyche smiled and clapped, in between the growls.

Provided Southampton do not pull off a highly unlikely FA Cup triumph, seventh will be enough to secure European football, something Burnley have not experienced for more than 50 years. It's impossible for there to be a negative. We'll see where it goes.

"We're in very good shape", he said.

Burnley could not have made a better start to such an important game, going two up inside nine minutes through former Leicester striker Chris Wood and defender Kevin Long. Jamie Vardy's 72nd-minute strike made it a nervy finish but the hosts held on.

"I thought (we had) a very fast start, a pretty decent first half, and then second half we started well, but 2-0 is a amusing scoreline, especially at this stage of the season".

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. They've got nothing to lose and they played like that. 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.

"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. They deserve it", said the Frenchman.

And Dyche laughed: "I think every person who has ever supported Burnley, even for one second of their life, would have taken me answering questions about Europe!"

Gareth Southgate was among the crowd and the England manager would again have been impressed by Pope, who saved from Vardy in the 62nd minute as Leicester created their first real opening of the second half and proved a safe pair of hands all afternoon.

But Leicester slowly found their game and probably should have made at least one of their first-half chances count.

With four remaining fixtures they moved six points clear of the bottom three following two first-half goals from Wilfried Zaha and another from James Tomkins, also moving above Swansea and up to 16th.

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