Fear factor at home has got our rivals running scared, blasts Leicester City defender Ritchie De Laet
Leicester City defender Ritchie De Laet believes opponents are scared of facing his side at the King Power Stadium.
City have been impressive on home soil this season and have dropped only five points from a possible 30 at the King Power.
They have dispatched Ipswich 6-0 and Derby 4-1 in their last two home games, and now host Barnsley on Saturday.
De Laet believes City's home support has been a crucial factor in their good record.
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"We have more confidence at home in front of our own fans," said the Belgium defender. "You have to put pressure on the team that comes to our ground. We have been doing that.
"The fans have been incredible this season, very loud, and I think some teams will be a bit scared to come to the King Power Stadium because we have that incredible home form.
"I have heard Leicester fans before from my time at other clubs, but playing at home every other week you can really hear the intensity. It is incredible."
De Laet's marauding forward forays from right-back have been a notable feature of City's success at home, and he admits he loves to join the attack.
"There has been the odd game where I know I can do better but, overall, I think I have been steady," said De Laet, who joined City from Manchester United in the summer.
"I have been doing all right going forward. I know I am a defender first and foremost, so I have to sharpen up my defending and get forward when I get the opportunity.
"But I like to get forward and give that option to the midfielders on the wing, and be that outlet for the team. Sometimes I like to just run for it.
"The role of a full-back has changed in some senses. You do have to support the midfield and attack these days, and be available to get the ball as we keep possession.
"Crossing is a big thing now, as well. Some teams cheat and leave the left-winger up, and then I look to take advantage and get in.
"But if we lose possession then I have to run 50 yards back, so it is important we keep the ball.
"We have been doing that at home, which gives you confidence to attack."