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Next five games hold the key for title challenge - Claudio Ranieri

Published 25/02/2016

Manager Claudio Ranieri has guided Leicester to the top of the Barclays Premier League.
Manager Claudio Ranieri has guided Leicester to the top of the Barclays Premier League.

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri believes the Foxes' next five games hold the key to their title chances.

The Italian wants maximum points from the upcoming matches with Leicester top of the Barclays Premier League.

The Foxes host Norwich on Saturday before welcoming West Brom on Tuesday and they also face Watford, Newcastle and Crystal Palace before the international break next month.

They are top of the table by two points and Ranieri admitted the run of games will make or break the Foxes' shock challenge.

"Yes, I think we are at the turn, there is the last turn, then the run-in," he said.

"The next five matches are the turn - then the run-in and the goal is there. I think this is the key moment for us. I'm very focused on these five matches - after we can say where we are: 'We are here, OK, keep going', or 'No, what happened?'. Now we have to think about these five matches.

"I look always forward, to the top, never behind. Every time I want the maximum. We fight for the maximum, every match three points. The next five are the most important, the key, today until the new break.

"After March 19th we don't play more, there is another break. For this reason, I said the five matches are a key point."

Danny Welbeck's injury-time winner saw Leicester lose 2-1 to Arsenal last time out and Ranieri has warned his players not to take struggling Norwich - or their other opponents - lightly.

"For this reason I advise my players that these are tough matches. I believe they are intelligent and they will start with the same idea as the other matches," he said.

"Then there will be the details, which say whether you win or lose. I want to see the same concentration, the same focus and I want to see them hungry."

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