Thierry Henry was similarly complimentary of Leicester’s efforts without Vardy, and doubted if there was anything that could halt their quest for title glory.
Leicester are a step closer to making their dream a reality after Claudio Ranieri’s men swatted aside Swansea to tighten their grip on the Premier League title. The hosts were clinical and need just five points from their final three games to seal a title which they were 5,000-1 to win at the start of the season.
“We needed this win because it’s closer, three games to go, we’re eight points clear – as Tottenham didn’t play yet”.
Leicester dismantled Swansea with its biggest win in three months.
Claudio Ranieri’s side were without their top scorer Vardy after his dismissal in last week’s draw with West Ham, but Riyad Mahrez’s early opener, a brace from Ulloa either side of half-time and a late Marc Albrighton strike ensured they got back to winning ways and piled the pressure on Tottenham once more. “Now is the right moment to push”.
“For the first six or seven minutes we played very well – I am disappointed because it was a good plan for the game”.
The attacking threat provided without 22-goal Vardy will have reassured the Foxes they can cope without him for longer.
The England forward accepted his angry reaction constituted improper conduct, but he has requested a Football Association hearing to try to avoid the one-match ban being extended.
“It was fantastic, without Jamie everyone makes something more and it was a fantastic show to see my players fight and play together”, Ranieri told British broadcaster Sky Sports.
Tottenham are aiming for their third consecutive league win on Monday after convincing triumphs over Stoke and Manchester United in their last two matches.
Arsenal finished strongly and Mannone saved from Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck but Sunderland grasped the point that moved them above Norwich City on goal difference. “We play with our hearts and it’s hard to beat those who play with the heart and soul”.
Arsenal’s season now rests on holding on to fourth place and qualifying for the Champions League, with Manchester United five points behind in fifth place.