Belfast Telegraph

Ranieri still cool customer as Foxes close in on prize

By Staff Reporter

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri insists he will remain calm despite the leaders being on the brink of reaching the Champions League.

The Foxes could seal a top four place if West Ham drop points against Arsenal today and they then win at Sunderland and Manchester United lose at Tottenham tomorrow.

Ranieri has consistently refused to talk about winning the Premier League title and only entertained reaching the Champions League last month - despite currently being seven points clear at the top.

Victory tomorrow will open up a 10-point gap to second placed Spurs if they lose to United but Ranieri insisted he is not thinking about the Champions League yet.

He said: "What we do is important, then we can check the table.

"I can wait, the others can win all their matches. I must be focused. I expect Tottenham, Arsenal, everyone to win all their games and then I want to fight to achieve the Champions League. It will be a fantastic achievement.

"Everyone is looking at what happens in the last six matches, me too, I am very curious."

Leicester have six games left and will win the title with another four wins and with the Foxes in the final straight on Grand National weekend Ranieri has urged his side not to fall at the final hurdle.

He said: "We are in front but we have to run a lot now. We have finished the last corner and now we are looking at the line. We have to hold on tight and stick our elbows out to make sure nobody gets past.

"I think now we have opened the heart to everybody, the little normal teams and the normal players."

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