Andy King keeps emotions in check as Leicester close in on title
Published 25/04/2016 | 07:16
Andy King was proud of the way Leicester tightened their grip on the Premier League title ahead of the three biggest matches in the club's history.
The mood had changed before Sunday's clash with Swansea, with last weekend's frantic 2-2 draw with West Ham compounded by the suspension of top scorer Jamie Vardy and an impressive win by rivals Tottenham at Stoke.
However, Claudio Ranieri's men gave short shrift to predictions they could be usurped as they maintained their charge for the most unlikely of titles, trouncing their Welsh visitors 4-0 at the King Power Stadium.
A maximum of five points is all that is required to wrap up the Premier League, with trips to 20-time league winners Manchester United and reigning champions Chelsea coming either side of a home clash with Everton.
"We have three cup finals left now," long-serving midfielder King said.
"This win was good for the confidence going into three of the biggest games the club has ever played.
"It would be massive but we don't want to speak about anything like that until we have crossed the line because we have three huge games coming up. We don't want to tempt fate.
"We know we have to take care of our own games and then cross that bridge when we come to it.
"We knew Swansea were a good team and can dominate teams with the way they play, but it was important for us to make sure that wasn't the case.
"We pressed them well and once we scored the second we took it away from them. It is a massive three points for us and a convincing victory."
Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring just hours before being crowned PFA Player of the Year, with substitute Marc Albrighton completing a rout in which Leonardo Ulloa netted twice.
The Argentinian performed manfully in place of suspended England international Vardy.
"It was brilliant for Leo to come in and not only play well but score two goals as well," King said.
"It is massive for him and for us. If we hadn't won, everyone would have said we missed Vards.
"There is no doubt about it Vards was a big loss for us because the way he has played this season has been outstanding, but we showed the strength in depth we had today.
"Everyone is buzzing for Leo, Vards included."
Sunday's result saw Swansea drop to 15th place on goal difference, although a nine-point cushion to the relegation zone should be enough to maintain their place in the top flight.
Angel Rangel was as frustrated as anyone by Sunday's loss but believes staying up would be a "fantastic achievement" at the end of a tough campaign at the Liberty Stadium.
"Of course, (making sure we are mathematically safe) is the target for us," the Spanish full-back said.
"This season has been so difficult.
"We've had three managers and when this happens you know it is going to be tough.
"Even though we are disappointed, the most important thing is to stay in the Premier League. Sometimes we take for granted, especially fans - they just think after all the success we've had over the years, they want us to be in the top 10.
"We want to but it has been hard for us, so I think staying up this season is a fantastic achievement considering what has happened."