Wednesday 20 February 2019

'We must beat Clarets to keep Euro hopes alive'

Leicester boss Claude Puel
Leicester boss Claude Puel

Leicester boss Claude Puel says his team must beat Burnley today to stay in with a chance of qualifying for the Europa League.

A seventh-place finish would bring European football back to the King Power Stadium, providing Southampton do not win the FA Cup.

The Foxes are eighth in the table and trail Burnley, who sit seventh, by six points ahead of the clash between the two teams at Turf Moor.

Asked if that makes the clash a must-win game for Leicester, Puel said: "Yes. Of course it is a decisive game, an important game. We need a result.

"These next two games, including the one against Southampton, will decide if we play for something at the end of the season or not. It will be a good challenge."

Leicester were 14th but only one point above the relegation places when Puel (pictured) took over in October, replacing Craig Shakespeare.

The Frenchman thinks it is an achievement Leicester have something to play for at this stage of the campaign given where they were when he arrived.

"We've improved a lot since I've come in, and we play with a collective performance, we've shown a lot of quality in games," he said.

"To have the opportunity to play this decisive game at this stage of the season is good because we shouldn't forget where we were a few months ago.

"We're ambitious, we'll try to finish well this season off course. It was a big disappointment after Newcastle because with this defeat we wasted points."

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