Gale says Leicester will edge out Spurs, comments on Blackburn success

Sky Sports pundit Tony Gale feels that Leicester City have shown that they have the qualities required to win the Premier League ahead of Tottenham Hotspur.

Pundit Tony Gale has said on Sky Sports News, broadcast on March 24 at 10.15am, that he is backing Leicester City to win the Premier League title after they showed they are more than a one-dimensional team.

The Foxes first established their position at the top of the standings through the goalscoring exploits of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, but they have won four of their last five league fixtures by a 1-0 scoreline.

Gale has admitted that the manner of the victories has convinced him that Claudio Ranieri's men can outlast Tottenham Hotspur, who sit five points adrift of the East Midlands outfit with seven games remaining.

He said: "As far as Leicester are concerned, it's exactly the same way that Chelsea won it last year and Manchester United won it in previous seasons. You could even go as far back as when I was at Blackburn. That's how we won it. You ground it out and win by odd goals. It's not about playing well now, it's about getting the results.

"At the other end as well, they have the firepower to nick one. They are very tight, very solid and they look like they are going to nick one. It looks perfect for them at the moment. I think they are going to win it now. I've never said that they are going to win it, but it's there now. Go and get it."


Gale has also spoken about the pressure involved with clubs who haven't previously mounted a sustained title challenge, with the defender part of the Blackburn Rovers squad that won the Premier League in 1995.


"You can see pressure at any club. Whether it's at the top or the bottom, you can see the players that it affects,", he said.


"Without a doubt, in that pressure with Blackburn and with West Ham all those years ago, there were some guys that could take it and some you couldn't.

"The guys who could take it had to drag the ones who couldn't along, because those guys had perhaps been influential during the first part of the season. It's just about getting over the line. You have got to do what you've got to do. That's what the manager told us in the end. Do anything to win the game."

Leicester require 17 points from their last seven games to guarantee the title, but if they finish level on points with Spurs, they are unlikely to finish on top due to the greater goal difference possessed by their rivals.

Ranieri's side are next in action when they host Southampton on April 3, but they could take to the pitch at the King Power Stadium having seen their lead reduced to two points if Spurs defeat Liverpool at Anfield.

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