Let's relish being the top dogs, insists Leicester City defender Zak Whitbread
Leicester City must embrace the pressure of being top of the table, defender Zak Whitbread has urged.
City claimed top spot on Saturday after their 1-1 draw at Birmingham, and they will be expected to extend their 100 per cent home record when they entertain Brighton tonight and then Crystal Palace on Saturday.
In the past, City sides have wilted under such pressure, but Whitbread said they should enjoy being the team everyone else wants to beat.
"We have to relish being top and being the favourites," he said.
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"We can't look at that as being a problem.
"People will use that title of favourites but, favourites or not, Brighton will be a tough game. We have to treat it as any other game.
"It will be a tough test because they are going well."
Against Birmingham, Whitbread came through his first full 90 minutes in the league since arriving at City last summer.
He admitted his relief to be back in action after a serious calf injury last season.
"I am delighted to be back, to be selected and to be involved," he said.
"It has been a long time to get fitness and getting through the first game has been the main thing.
"I need to use this as a platform and kick on. Hopefully, my fitness and performances will get better.
"I have been looking forward to it for a long time. To be here and be involved, nothing else compares to it.
"I can tick it off the list, and it is about getting my legs back and doing the right things in preparation for tonight.
"I have learned to take it game by game and not look too far into the future. Each game brings its own test. Now it is Brighton and I will get myself right for that."
Whitbread added: "I have to do everything right. I have every recovery drink and shake on the planet.
"Three games in eight days is part-and-parcel of the modern game and you have to give yourself chance."
Whitbread is hoping he can continue his partnership with captain Wes Morgan, and said the dominant central defender had helped him through his comeback.
"I have been watching all season and he has been immense, colossal," said Whitbread.
"It was easy playing alongside him with the experience, strength and pace he has got. He has the lot."