"The next two games against Burnley and Southampton are crucial games for me to decide if we can believe something or not for the end of the season", he said on Friday. "We're in very good shape". We'll see where it goes.
But Pope could do nothing about Vardy's finish in the 72nd minute, a thumping strike into the roof of the net after a precise throughball from substitute Kelechi Iheanacho.
But it wasn't enough and Burnley boss Sean Dyche said afterwards: "It's very hard in this league to win games back to back, let alone five, and the group deserve it".
With five games of the season to go, Leicester are still targeting a top ten finish and Puel is hoping their second-half performance can carry through into their remaining fixtures this term.
10th-place Newcastle entered the weekend every bit as hot as sixth-place Arsenal, with both sides having won three straight PL games ahead of Sunday's clash at St. James' Park.
If there have been any second thoughts about whether a European adventure is really what Burnley want at this stage of their development, then those doubts clearly do not extend to the players judging by their lightning start.
"Credit to Leicester, the last half-an-hour if not more they were excellent. It might be like in Comedy Capers, where they pull a club out and bang them on the head, and then we might get one". N'Koudou would be lucky to have another Premier League club try to sign him in the summer so a move back to France may be in the offing.
"I think it will be, I don't say a miracle, but they (Burnley) are in a good position of course now", he said.
Jose Mourinho's Man United already delayed Man City's PL title-winning party one week, and they have the chance to do it again on Sunday.
"At the beginning we made things easy for the opposition".
This is the first time the Clarets scored two goals within the opening 10 minutes of Premier League game. "For me it's not a fair result but I would like to send all my congratulations to Sean and his squad".