Leicester manager Claude Puel backs Burnley for European football

Leicester’s fight for a seventh-place finish in the Premier League remains manager Claude Puel’s top priority despite their recent defeat to Newcastle

But the gap was extended to nine points with Burnley's victory on Saturday, and Puel had only warm words for Sean Dyche's side despite conceding twice in the opening nine minutes.

Yet Dyche said: "How can there be a negative?" It's impossible for there to be a negative. The Magpies have clawed their way back following a disastrous start to the season (just four wins from their first 18 games, including a run of one point from nine games from October to December) and are all but mathematically safe from relegation after knocking off fellow relegation battlers Southampton and Huddersfield Town, as well as eighth-place Leicester City. "We're in very good shape". The rest of the squad is good to go, but it'll be interesting to see who's drafted into the squad as a substitute midfielder. While Burnley are now favourites to be "the best of the rest", a win for Leicester could see them gain some valuable momentum for the last five games, with Burnley still having to face three of the top six.

The remaining 80 minutes were much trickier, with Leicester having 15 shots in total to Burnley's eight and more than 60 per cent possession, but all they had to show for it was Jamie Vardy's 72nd-minute consolation.

"We're ambitious, we'll try to finish well this season off course". The following season they won five top-flight games on the trot.

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If there have been any second thoughts about whether a European adventure is really what Burnley want at this stage of their development, then those doubts clearly do not extend to the players judging by their lightning start.

Jordan Ayew boosted Swansea's fight for Premier League survival with a precious equaliser in a 1-1 draw against Everton. "It might be like in Comedy Capers, where they pull a club out and bang them on the head, and then we might get one".

"For Burnley Football Club even to be spoken about, it's a long, long way from where we were. They deserve it", said the Frenchman.

Jose Mourinho's Man United already delayed Man City's PL title-winning party one week, and they have the chance to do it again on Sunday. "I think except the first 10 minutes it was a good performance. It was close but after the two goals it was surprising", he added.

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