Youri Tielemans believes Leicester’s victory at Aston Villa sent a message to their top four rivals.
James Maddison and Harvey Barnes scored two quick-fire goals as the Foxes claimed a 2-1 victory at Villa Park on Sunday.
Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Newcastle kept the Foxes third in the Premier League, but they are tied at 49 points with the Red Devils and four above fourth-placed West Ham.
Brendan Rodgers’ men have lost only once in their last 12 league games and Tielemans believes another serious victory proves their resistance in the top four.
“They (Villa) are up there with us and it was a massive victory to show that we are still up there,” he said.
“I think it was a very good first half, especially. In the second half, where they scored very early, we had to stay compact, stay very narrow and dig to the end and keep the score.
“It shows our mentality, our composure also under pressure.
“The first half was really good. We scored two very good goals and then we tried to keep the ball and manage the game.
Leicester will host Slavia Prague in the second leg of their Europa League second leg on Thursday after a 0-0 draw in the Czech Republic last week.
But Maddison is now in doubt after coming out in the second half at Villa Park with a hip injury.
“I think European competition is always very enjoyable to play,” Tielemans said. LCFC TV.
“You always play with very different types of teams, which is very nice and I hope we can finish the job on Thursday. It will be a very difficult game but I hope the guys are excited for it.
The defeat left Villa eighth as they missed skipper Jack Grealish with a shin injury.
Villa “ at a pace ”
Bertrand Traoré pulled out a goal in the second half as Villa improved after the break, but they never tested Kasper Schmeichel again.
Boss Dean Smith said: “I was concerned about the first half, I have to admit, and why we started so fast compared to Leicester, who had a game in the middle of the week.
“You could see that the fitness levels were there with the players because they were pushing in the second half, but you have to start the games better than us.
“We scored and you are hopeful that you can show some quality. You have to credit Leicester because they defended well, and they hung on in the end.
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