Nigerian striker Peter Odemwingie has conceded that underdogs Leicester deserve to be topping the Premier League after the Foxes spanked his Stoke City 3-0 on Saturday.
The 34-year-old who is looking forward to featuring for the Potters in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg clash against Liverpool at Anfield says only a win will banish the horror of the humiliation suffered at the King Power stadium.
“It was a tough day. They (Leicester) were at their best. We saw why they are top of the table. We weren’t as good as we have been for most of the last few months and that was the price we paid,” Odemwingie told Stoke Sentinel.
“They turn it on in the second half in many games. In the first half you might look at them and ask questions about why they are doing so well, but then we saw why. They are very fit, work hard for every ball and on top of that they have very good players.
“If we win on Tuesday then Leicester will be forgotten.
“The deficit against Liverpool is one goal. We lost at home but cup games are special. Anything can happen.
“We have done well away in many games so we can keep that at the back of our minds and hopefully the result will go our way.
“We have to be better than we were at Leicester! The first half was an even game but the second was we have to respond to what happened.
“Of course we all dream of playing at Wembley as well as the fans so we know how important this next game is.”
The ex-Super Eagles star, who also made his first cameo since October when he came on to help seal a win over Norwich a fortnight ago, says he is feeling fresh and ready to make an impact when Mark Hughes needs him.
He said: “I’m happy to be back involved. Players are not happy when they’re not playing, but I’ve been training at my best to be ready.
“You need more games to be back to your best so hopefully I will keep being part of the team and get that game time.
“I hope I can play more. The boys have done great over the last month, but you know there are some times that fatigue kicks in and that’s why we have a big squad.
“Hopefully it will get to my turn when the team needs me and I can contribute because I feel fresh.”