BBC Martin Keown pundit likens watching Leicester City to Brazil

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Leicester City thrashed Swansea City 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown says watching Leicester City is similar to the great Brazil sides as they run with such speed and directness on the counter-attack, he told BBC Radio Five Live.

The Foxes have been the surprise package this season, unexpectedly winning a number of games against the odds and leading the Premier League table after 15 matches.

Their latest victory, a 3-0 thrashing of Swansea City, highlighted everything which is good about them – a strong defence, a compact midfield and a devastatingly good attacking force on the counter.

And among the praise being lavished on them from a host of pundits and observers, former Arsenal defender Keown arguably gave them the biggest compliment of the lot.

"Vardy wants to get that 12th goal? No, he sees someone else and lays it off. It's like watching Brazil on the break, they are running away with the Premier League and you cannot give them enough credit," he said.

"They are running free after absorbing all that pressure. Swansea have had 60-70% possession and when they get it, Leicester are amazing on the break."

Leicester are among the lowest teams in the league in terms of possession of the ball, yet that hasn’t prevented Claudio Ranieri’s side from picking up results.

After narrowly avoiding a quick return to the Championship last season, many observes questioned the appointment of Ranieri and felt his arrival would coincide with another season of struggle.

However, the Italian – often renowned for his tinkering – hasn’t changed much at the King Power Stadium and there are still traits of former boss Nigel Pearson’s style on the team.

Their victory over Swansea takes them two points clear of Arsenal at the top and with the title race so wide open this season, the Foxes have as good a chance as any of challenging.

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