Ayoze Perez fires warning to Manchester United ahead of FA Cup clash with Leicester
Leicester’s Spanish forward Perez returned with a bang against the Blades and is now targeting a top four place with Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Ayoze Perez insists Leicester still have enough firepower to continue their push for glory despite major injuries.
Perez returned to the side as the Foxes thumped Sheffield United 5-0 in the Premier League.
Next up Brendan Rodgers’ men host Manchester United in an FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday.
City, who are third, will still be without injured attacking starlets James Maddison and Harvey Barnes.
The pair have scored 11 and 13 goals respectively this term in all competitions.
But Perez reckons Leicester’s new-look attack of Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho up top with himself in the hole behind is a nightmare for defenders.
The trio linked up to devastating effect against the Blades as they all combined for Iheanacho’s first goal in his hat-trick.
Perez also notched himself with a blistering finish and Vardy forced Ethan Ampadu into an own goal.
Spaniard Perez, 27, said: “We are in a great position and we are pushing and fighting to stay there.
“We played really well trying to find each other.
“It’s hard for defenders because I can receive it between the lines, they (Vardy and Iheanacho) are pinning the centre-backs, then as soon as any of us can turn, we are running in behind, so it’s not easy for the defenders.
“We have pace and we have quality.
“It’s about the understanding with each other. We did really well and created a lot of chances.”
Perez’s goal was just his third this term but Vardy has 14 and Iheanacho now has 11.
Leicester’s goal difference surpasses Chelsea ’s and all of the clubs behind Rodgers’ men in the Premier League.
Perez added: “In your head, the main thing is to win but then when you get into a position where you score a couple of goals, and you realise you have the chance to score more, you need the hunger to keep going.”
Perez’s appearance was his first in seven games after a knee injury and he revealed he played despite not being fully fit.
“I’m very happy to score again and to be back with the boys,” he said.
“I pushed myself to be available because of the injury, I knew I wasn’t 100 per cent, but I had to be on the pitch and help my team-mates.”
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