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Only champion feeling will do for Foxes, warns Ranieri


Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri


Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has warned his leaders they must win the league because no-one remembers the runner-up.

The Foxes are seven points clear at the top of the Premier League and need just three wins from their last five games to claim the title.

They host West Ham tomorrow, 24 hours before nearest rivals Tottenham go to Stoke, before playing Swansea, Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea.

Previous shock footballing winners have included Denmark and Greece clinching the European Championship in 1992 and 2004 respectively while newly-promoted Nottingham Forest won the top flight in 1978.

And Ranieri insisted Leicester must win the title if they want to write their own names in history and be compared to previous victors.

He said: "We've made a good story, but to make something you will remember in 30 or 40 years we have to win.

"We don't achieve anything yet. We have to fight to achieve the Champions League.

"Football is very strange. If you weren't here in Leicester but somewhere else, maybe City or United, with seven points more, you would say 'it is finished'.

"At this moment you don't think this. Why? Because we are Leicester. We have to fight and we have to be focused and strong."

Leicester wrapped up a top-four spot with a 2-0 win over Sunderland last week to guarantee at least a Champions League play-off place.

"It is two matches and two matches is not the Champions League, I want to play six. I don't think there is the (Champions League) music," he said.

Belfast Telegraph