Premier League: Claudio Ranieri expects "terrible" last five games

Claudio Ranieri and his Leicester City side are just five games away from the end of the Premier League season and if they win three out of those five games they will be crowned champions against all odds and expectations. Last weekend the Foxes kept cool and two goals from Jamie Vardy pushed them past relegation-threatened Sunderland and one step closer to the title. At the end of the match Ranieri was obviously having a hard time keeping his emotions under control as tears appeared in his eyes.

The Italian manager said: "There have been no real tears yet, the ones at Sunderland were unshed tears. But it was a moment of pure emotion. To see all those people around us celebrating, entire families on supporters' buses, the masses of Leicester fans who followed us up to Sunderland. It struck me deeply and you realise at that moment, the extraordinary power of football. When our sport manages to pull off this level of positivity you cannot remain indifferent. Afterwards, I wanted to explain what it felt like to see the joy on the faces but it's difficult to express my feelings in Italian, let alone English!"

Leicester currently hold a seven-point advantage over second-placed Tottenham, who defeated Manchester United 3-0 last weekend to keep the pressure on the Foxes. Ranieri added: "The last five matches will be terrible. Nothing is decided yet as far as the title is concerned. We are in the Champions League, the preliminary round as things stand. But the title? Tottenham are not giving in and we have to stay focused. I never look for favours from other teams, just to perform my own job. This is our mission, to do the best we possibly can - then if Tottenham overtake us we will compliment them. It is the law of sport!"

The Foxes face West Ham at home this weekend, then Swansea also at home, before traveling to Manchester United. Then they return at the King Power Stadium to face Everton before ending the season against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Leicester City are currently 1/7 at Bet365 to win the Premier League title this season.

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  • Alexa Alexa


    Every game is harder and harder for Leicester City.Ranieri knows that and is trying to put the pressure on himself instead of players.For the weekend,they will face extremely tough challenge against West Ham,at home.They must be proud on themselves,they have managed many wins by 1 0 result in last few matches and that is best way to win the title.

  • Serbia Milaneli


    Claudio Ranieri has been doing this entire season - taking pressure of his players. He still acts like they are fighting for relagation, saying that every match is hard and that his boys (players) should take one game at the time. Even in december he was saying that qualifiying for Europe League is huge success for them, which was preseason. Yes, Leicester City will have some hard games in season final, starting with West Ham this weekend.

  • Slovenia mannixx


    After today Totenham win against Swansea , Leicester is only 5 points ahead of Tottenham and im afraid that they wont manage to stay on top, specialy now when Vardy got red card and will probably be suspended for few games, and it is noticable that is getting harder for them and they arent so relax as before

  • Bulgaria sharpe


    In one of the rounds of the Premier league, maybe it was February midweek turn Leicester drew but the other title contenders who played next day lost their games - for me this was certain sigh that it would be a Leicester season. It would be of the greatest surprises ever?! but what I'm talking... it would greatest ever but I think not only in the PL. Still three weeks to go but it's certain now.

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