Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew believes Leicester City are going to be tough to catch after they extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table with a 1-0 at Selhurst Park, the BBC reports.
The Foxes have led the table for much of the season, much to the surprise of most, and many Premier League observers and pundits alike have questioned their mettle with games running out.
Yet they showed no sign of letting up at Selhust Park, as a Riyad Mahrez strike followed by some solid defending from the visitors earned Claudio Ranieri’s side all three points.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Alan Pardew was frustrated his side couldn’t get back into it but congratulated Leicester in their win and claims they will now be tough to catch.
“We are down, frustrated, we wanted to keep momentum after the FA Cup win over Reading but Leicester are top of the league for a reason,” Pardew explained.
“They have a lovely balance to the team, they will be difficult to catch and they would be worthy champions."
Leicester’s win over Palace takes them momentarily eight points clear of Tottenham Hotspur in second place, 11 points clear of Arsenal who earlier beat Everton 2-0 and 15 points ahead of Manchester City.
It has truly been a spectacular season for the East Midlands club, and with seven games to go the belief is only getting stronger and stronger as many more now recognise them as title favourites.
Up next for Leicester is a home encounter with Southampton, followed by a trip to Sunderland and then two back-to-back home games against West Ham United and Swansea City.