EPL: Leicester can be champions says Riyad Mahrez

Feb 07, 2016, 08:29 IST | AFP

After stunning 3-1 win over Man City, Foxes' striker admits team is dreaming about winning EPL title and are ready to fight for it now

Manchester: Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri could no longer deny his side's EPL title aspirations after they stunned Manchester City 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Leicester's Riyad Mahrez celebrates making it 2-0
Leicester's Riyad Mahrez celebrates making it 2-0

Ranieri has consistently played down Leicester's title chances, but after seeing his team outclass their nearest rivals to move six points clear at the league summit, he admitted that they are very much in contention.

"There are a lot of super teams now. We will try. Why not," the experienced Italian, whose side visit Arsenal next weekend, told BT Sport.

"The effort is a lot. Now it's important the players recover because we spent a lot of energy. Sometimes we run more than a bull. We play every match as though it is the last match We're ready to fight."

Leicester's Robert Huth is ecstatic after scoring against Man City in an EPL match on Saturday
Leicester's Robert Huth is ecstatic after scoring against Man City in an EPL match on Saturday

Leicester were bottom of the EPL 12 months ago, destined for relegation, but are now closing in one of the most sensational triumphs in English sporting history.

Leicester's Robert Huth broke the deadlock in the third minute from a Riyad Mahrez free-kick and after Mahrez had netted a brilliant solo goal early in the first half, the German headed in his second goal from a corner on the hour. Sergio Aguero pulled one back for City with a glancing header (87th min).

Algerian winger Mahrez admitted that he and his teammates were "dreaming" of finishing the season as champions, saying: "We will fight for the title and see what we can do. We didn't expect to win 3-1 so we will keep dreaming and see what can happen." City manager Manuel Pellegrini admitted Leicester had been worthy winners.

Five games that set up Leicester's EPL title bid

Aug 8 Leicester 4 Sunderand 2
A Jamie Vardy goal and two from Riyad Mahrez, set the tone of things to come in the Foxes first match of the season.

Sept 13 Leicester 3 Aston Villa 2
Leicester score three times in the final 18 minutes to come from 0-2 down and beat their midlands rivals.

Dec 14 Leicester 2 Chelsea 1
Vardy and Mahrez are both on target again as Foxes give Jose Mourinho's Chelsea defence a torrid time.

Jan 13 Tottenham 0 Leicester 1
Robert Huth's goal seven minutes from time earns visitors crucial 3 points against fellow title contenders.

Feb 6 Man City 1 Leicester 3
This was supposed to be the day City assert control in the title race. Instead, Huth & Mahrez fire Foxes ahead.

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