Leicester cannot win league – Mahrez

Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez has dismissed his team’s chances of winning the Premier League, despite getting leading.

The Foxes narrowly avoided relegation last season but are two points clear at the summit soon after 15 games.

But Mahrez, who took his purpose tally to 11 with Saturday’s treble at Swansea, is more concerned at getting the eight more points needed to attain 40, a total generally sufficient for survival.

“I never think we can win the league,” the 24-year-old told BBC Planet Service.

“We just require to get the 40 points and then soon after that we will see.”

Current top six

The Algeria international’s form, along with that of 14-aim group-mate Jamie Vardy, has been instrumental in Leicester’s rise.

“I am not surprised because I knew I could do the items that I have done,” Mahrez added.

“Football is just self-assurance. When you start off scoring and you carry on it offers you a lot more self-assurance so perhaps that has helped me.”

Don’t take me for a ‘sucker’

Marseille president Vincent Labrune reportedly dismissed the idea  of the French club signing Mahrez when the player was recommended to him as a potential target in December 2014.

“Do you genuinely believe that Leicester players now have a place at Olympique Marseille?” Labrune is quoted as saying. “I never place up with men and women taking me for a sucker.”

“He thinks what he thinks. I know what I am, I know what I’m carrying out in the football, I know what I can do,” Mahrez mentioned.

“The individuals who do not know football – I do not want to speak about them.

“Everyone’s not going to really like you. Often some people adore you, some individuals hate you, some men and women do not like your football. That’s life so I do not care, I do not mind.”

Where does the group leading after 15 games finish?

Season Team Final position Season Group Final position

1993

Norwich

3rd

2005

Chelsea

1st

1994

Man Utd

1st

2006

Chelsea

1st

1995

Man Utd

2nd

2007

Man Utd

1st

1996

Newcastle

2nd

2008

Arsenal

3rd

1997

Arsenal

3rd

2009

Liverpool

2nd

1998

Man Utd

2nd

2010

Chelsea

1st

1999

Aston Villa

6th

2011

Man Utd

1st

2000

Man Utd

1st

2012

Man City

1st

2001

Man Utd

1st

2013

Man Utd

1st

2002

Liverpool

2nd

2014

Arsenal

3rd

2003

Arsenal

2nd

2015

Chelsea

1st

2004

Chelsea

2nd

2016

Leicester

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