Ricardo Pereira feels Leicester City’s recent win over Arsenal proves they can mix it with the big boys ahead of Monday’s trip to face Manchester City.
A late Jamie Vardy brace plus a 59th-minute header by Youri Tielemans saw the Foxes take care of the Gunners 3-0 at King Power Stadium on Sunday to sit eighth in the Premier League standings.
Brendan Rodgers’ men now have 51 points and will be hoping to end proceedings above seventh-placed Wolves when the dust settles on the campaign.
It will be tough as City are embroiled in a fight with Liverpool for the Premier League title and will probably need to win both their remaining fixtures to retain their crown.
With that in mind, Pep Guardiola’s men will be well up for Monday’s clash against the East Midlanders but Pereira believes he and his team-mates can take heart from the way they took care of Unai Emery’s side.
“Yes, of course – it’s always important to win a big game against Arsenal with our fans in our stadium,” he told LCFC TV.
“It’s always good and it gives us confidence for the next game. “I think it says we have a good group, we have quality. If we play our best with our qualities, we play together as well. We can do good things and win games against the top six.”
Unsurprisingly, City are 1.15 favourites to win the match, with Leicester on offer at 19.00 and the draw priced at 8.00. The Citizens can be backed at 1.17 to take the title, with Jurgen Klopp’s Reds 4.50.