English Premiership

‘Relegation war tougher than title chase’

2016-04-06 18:21
Kasper Schmeichel (Getty Images)
London - Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel believes last season's battle to avoid relegation has given Premier League leaders Leicester City plenty of experience in coping with the pressure of trying to claim a maiden top flight title.

The Foxes are currently seven points clear of Tottenham Hotspur with six games to go and for Schmeichel, the mounting tension of this season's run-in pales in comparison to the stress of fighting for survival.

"We are under no pressure at all," the 29-year-old told British media. "The pressure was last season when your backs are to the wall, you're fighting for your lives. Relegation means everything to a club, to a city, to a whole community.

"People lose their jobs. That would have been catastrophic for us. That was real pressure. This is just great. We are enjoying this."

Schmeichel also said the experience of winning the Championship (second-tier) two seasons ago would stand the Foxes in good stead in the final push for a Premier League title.

"Granted, it was in another league but we've done this before," he added. "We've done it in the Championship. A lot of us were there in that period, we know what it's like. You have to take one game at a time."

Leicester travel to relegation-threatened Sunderland on Sunday hoping to seal a fifth league win in a row. (


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Saturday, 19 January 2019
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leicester City, Molineux Stadium 14:30
Liverpool v Crystal Palace, Anfield 17:00
Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion, Old Trafford 17:00
Newcastle United v Cardiff City, St. James' Park 17:00
Southampton v Everton, St. Mary's Stadium 17:00
Watford v Burnley, Vicarage Road Stadium 17:00
AFC Bournemouth v West Ham United, Vitality Stadium 17:00
Arsenal v Chelsea, Emirates Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 20 January 2019
Huddersfield Town v Manchester City, The John Smith's Stadium 15:30
Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur, Craven Cottage 18:00
Tuesday, 29 January 2019
Fulham v Brighton & Hove Albion, Craven Cottage 21:45
Arsenal v Cardiff City, Emirates Stadium 21:45
Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Ham United, Molineux Stadium 21:45
Huddersfield Town v Everton, The John Smith's Stadium 21:45
Manchester United v Burnley, Old Trafford 22:00
Newcastle United v Manchester City, St. James' Park 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2018/19 season?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.