Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri says he does not want to be woken up from his Premier League title dream. The Foxes are five points clear of Tottenham at the top of the table, following Saturday’s 3-1 win over Manchester City at Etihad Stadium. Ranieri, 64, insists his players are not feeling the tension even though his team are now the bookmakers’ favourites to win the Premier League title. “It’s a great story so why the pressure? Let’s enjoy,” he said. I hope the bookmakers, this time, are right but I am very pragmatic.
Ranieri has never won a league title, but has finished second with Chelsea, Juventus, AS Roma and Monaco. “Give me points and not words. We want to continue to dream – please nobody wake us up,” he says. Leicester have lost only two out of 25 games in the Premier League this season, and the Italian says a top-four finish would be “fantastic” for a club who were 5,000-1 shots to win the Premier League before the start of the season. “It’s a 12-point gap [to Manchester United in fifth place] and for us to achieve the Champions League would be fantastic,” he said.
Leicester City’s Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez says last season’s battle against relegation has helped Leicester in their challenge for the Premier League title this time. The Foxes were bottom with seven games to go last season but stayed up and now top the division by five points. Mahrez scored one of Leicester’s goals in the 3-1 win at Manchester City last weekend. “When you go through a moment and you are down and losing your head, it gives you a lot of experience,” said Mahrez.
Leicester City will visit Emirates Stadium on Sunday for playing against third-placed Arsenal, and the Foxes then have a 13-day break before a Premier League home fixture against Norwich City on 27 February.
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