Algerian international and Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez has dismissed the Foxes’ chances of winning the title, despite leading Barclays Premier League log with two points.
Under the tutelage of former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri, Mahrez and his team-mates have transformed themselves from relegation candidates to league leaders in the space of six months –a transformation that began under former boss Nigel Pearson.
But Mahrez, who scored a hat-trick as Leicester defeated Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday to take his goal tally to 11 is more concerned at getting the eight more points needed to reach 40, a total usually enough for survival.
“I don’t think we can win the league,” the 24-year-old told BBC World Service.
“We just need to get the 40 points and then after that we will see.”
“I’m not surprised because I knew I could do the things that I have done.”
Leicester are preparing to face reigning champions Chelsea at the King Power Stadium this Monday night and are 17 points clear of Jose Mourinho’s men.
The Algeria international’s form, along with that of 14-goal team-mate Jamie Vardy, will be instrumental as Leicester face reigning champions Chelsea at the King Power Stadium on Monday.