Leicester news: Chilwell clings to Euro hope

1 year ago

In the latest Leicester news, defender Ben Chilwell is adamant the club are still battling for Europa League qualification this season.

The east midlands outfit were staring down the barrel of a relegation battle before Claude Puel turned things around after the sacking of Craig Shakespeare in October.

Former Southampton boss Puel has transformed the Foxes from strugglers to a side that could yet finish in the top seven and have a chance of a return to European football next season.

Leicester got a taste of the big time in the Champions League in the 2016-17 season after their remarkable Premier League title-winning campaign.

Under then manager Claudio Ranieri the club managed to reach the quarter-finals of the competition before losing to Atletico Madrid over two legs.

At present, if Southampton fail to win the FA Cup, it would be seventh-place Burnley who would book their place in the Europa League.

Leicester find themselves nine points behind the Clarets with five games to play, so while it is still mathematically possible to secure European football, Chilwell is not giving up hope.

He said: said: “Of course it is not over. We know it will be difficult and it is unlikely, but if we win all our matches from now on and they lose their matches we can still qualify for Europe.

“We know it is a tough ask, but we will go into every game with the mindset that we want Europe. That has been explained to us, that we still want Europe.

“Of course it will be difficult. It is something we still want and harder things have happened in the last few years, so it is something we still think we can do.”

Leicester are next in action on Thursday night when they host Southampton at the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes are 5/4 with bet365 to win on home soil against the Premier League strugglers.