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Thursday 27 April 2017

Fuchs insists Foxes will bounce back

Christian Fuchs
Christian Fuchs

Christian Fuchs is convinced Leicester can bounce back from an indifferent start to their Premier League title defence.

The Foxes slipped to a sixth away defeat of the season which has seen them take just a single point from seven league games on the road to date when they went down 2-1 at lowly Sunderland on Saturday.

That run has included tough trips to Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham, but Fuchs knows they will have to improve significantly if they are to prosper once again and is confident they can do so.

The 30-year-old Austrian said: "I believe that we have a lot of quality in our squad still and with a couple of wins, with a couple of points - which are crucial, obviously - we will fight our way back up.

"I think the team is motivated enough to get those points. We have a great challenge against Manchester City at home and nobody is betting on us anyway, so we will try to get the three points there."

City's visit to the King Power Stadium comes next Saturday, but in the meantime, they will head for Porto on Wednesday evening having already qualified for the next stage of the Champions League, where their results have been in stark contrast to their league form.

They will do so licking the wounds sustained in their trip to Wearside where the club which started the day at the foot of the Premier League pile ran out deserved winners. Sunderland pinned the visitors back for the opening half-hour, but had to wait until the 64th minute for Foxes defender Robert Huth to hand them the lad when he could only turn substitute Jan Kirchhoff's header into his own net.

Jermain Defoe's 77th-minute strike looked to have wrapped up the win and although substitute Shinji Okazaki's fine finish two minutes later set up a tense finish, there was no way back for Claudio Ranieri's men.

Fuchs said: "The first 10, 15 minutes, Sunderland put a lot of pressure our defence, but we came through that and I think ten we were the better team. We created a couple of chances.

"It's that kind of thing - you need to get this momentum going and then have a dirty win, even if it's 1-0 just to get going."

The three points eased the Black Cats, who have now won three of their last four league games, into 18th place, a point shy of safety and only one more behind Leicester to boost manager David Moyes' survival hopes.

Moyes said: "I said that if we pick up three wins out of four, that's the sort of form of a top team. We know we're not that by a long way, but I think we are going to have to have pockets of this form between now and the end of the season."

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