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EPL: Leicester City not getting carried away, says Riyad Mahrez

A win away from securing fairytale EPL title, Leicester City striker Riyad Mahrez is confident his side will remain grounded as they visit Old Trafford on Sunday

London: Riyad Mahrez feels it was a case of "this year or never" for Leicester City's remarkable tilt at the Premier League title.

A win away from securing fairytale EPL title, Leicester City striker Riyad Mahrez is confident his side will remain grounded as they visit Old Trafford on Sunday
Riyad Mahrez. Pic/Getty Images

Victory at Manchester United on Sunday would seal the Foxes' first top-flight crown in their 132-year history, as Claudio Ranieri's side currently sit seven points clear of Tottenham with three games remaining.

Mahrez has been the star of the show at the King Power Stadium, with the Algerian's haul of 17 goals and 11 assists in 34 league appearances earning him the prestigious PFA Player of the Year award last week.

Leicester's achievements have captured the hearts and minds of football fans across the country and beyond, and Mahrez has admitted that his teammates are aware that this chance may never come around again. "We do not have the best players, nor the biggest budget, but our solidarity earns admiration," the 25-year-old told L'Equipe Magazine.

'Bit of luck too'
"We have had a bit of luck, too. It was this year or never, and until January we did not even think of the title. It has become possible, but we will not let it go to our heads." Former Le Havre forward Mahrez is one of several Leicester players to have enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2015-16, with top scorer Jamie Vardy — who was playing non-league football just four years ago — and ex-Caen midfielder N'Golo Kante also being shortlisted for the PFA award. The performances of Mahrez, Vardy and Kante have led to speculation that big-money moves could be on the cards for the trio, but Mahrez insists they — and the rest of the Leicester dressing room — have their feet firmly on the ground.

1998
The last time Leicester City won at Old Trafford

6
The number of defeats Leicester City experienced in their last six visits at Manchester United’s home

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