The unlikely prospect of European soccer at Turf Moor has drawn ever closer after Burnley beat Leicester 2-1 to cement seventh position in the league, nine points ahead of its vanquished opponent in the standings.
"Just to have the possibility to play this game at this moment in the season is fantastic and encouraging for this team".
Dyche's remarkable success has been built on a small, tight squad and meticulous preparation, things that would be severely tested by the Europa League. Five-and-a-half years ago we were 16th in the Championship.
"These next two games, including the one against Southampton, will decide if we play for something at the end of the season or not". "We're in very good shape". "Now it's open-minded and see how far we can go".
"Yes. Of course it is a decisive game, an important game". Jamie Vardy's 72nd-minute strike made it a nervy finish but the hosts held on.
With five games of the season to go, Leicester are still targeting a top ten finish and Puel is hoping their second-half performance can carry through into their remaining fixtures this term. They've got nothing to lose and they played like that.
Until yesterday, that was the last time they had achieved so...
Leicester need to raise their game following last week's defeat but they will be buoyed by the fact that they have won two on the bounce away from the King Power. N'Koudou would be lucky to have another Premier League club try to sign him in the summer so a move back to France may be in the offing.
"Congratulations for this team and this manager because I think they deserve this good journey and perhaps Europe because they show a consistency throughout the season", he told Sky Sports.
Gareth Southgate was among the crowd and the England manager would again have been impressed by Pope, who saved from Vardy in the 62nd minute as Leicester created their first real opening of the second half and proved a safe pair of hands all afternoon. "It was close but after the two goals it was surprising", he added.