EPL: Leicester City not getting carried away, says Riyad Mahrez
London: Riyad Mahrez feels it was a case of "this year or never" for Leicester City's remarkable tilt at the Premier League title.
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.
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