Leicester manager Claude Puel backs Burnley for European football

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A nine-point advantage with five games to go would make them red-hot favourites to bring European football to Turf Moor for the first time in half a century. It is more than 50 years since the Clarets have been involved in a continental competition.

With five games of the season to go, Leicester are still targeting a top ten finish and Puel is hoping their second-half performance can carry through into their remaining fixtures this term. We will see the result at the end.

"For Burnley Football Club even to be spoken about, it's a long, long way from where we were. We're in very good shape".

Gareth Southgate was among the crowd and the England manager would again have been impressed by Pope, who saved from Vardy in the 62nd minute as Leicester created their first real opening of the second half and proved a safe pair of hands all afternoon.

"They have been consistent in their play". I'm not going to go there, there's no point.

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Leicester boss Claude Puel, meanwhile, felt Ashley Barnes should have been shown red rather than yellow for a challenge on Kasper Schmeichel that meant the goalkeeper had to be replaced.

"The Under-23s won 4-0 against Liverpool, 3-1 against Arsenal, with fantastic play, with fantastic goals and I think it's a good evolution for all the squad, all the Club, because we try to give direction and a good philosophy of play for the Academy and for the first team".

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace and Huddersfield took significant strides towards retaining their Premier League places.

"I think we have at this moment, to manage the next game and to keep our ambition, but without forgetting all the good work we can do together". It was insane to have all the chances and to finish with one goal. "The biggest thing for me is to stay focused on what we want to do".

Puel said, "Of course I was impressed because there was good concentration before the game and good duels at the beginning and it was close with the other team but to concede two goals quickly it was hard to accept".

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