Claudio Ranieri hailed his players after Leicester’s 3-0 win over Stoke and declared he wants the club’s fans “to continue to dream”.
Goals from Danny Drinkwater, Jamie Vardy and Leonardo Ulloa sealed the victory for Leicester and the Foxes have gone three points clear of Arsenal at the top of the table.
Ranieri told BBC Sport: “It was very difficult to fight against Stoke but we scored at the right time. I think it was the first goal outside of the box. It was important to be top in January because we have some big and tough matches in February.
“We can’t press every match but we tried to do that today. They tried to catch us with big diagonal passes but we covered it very well.
“I am pleased because I always tell Jamie Vardy it is not important to score a goal, it is important to press and when you score, then it is normal. I am very happy with him.
“Nobody can believe it. Our fans are dreaming and I want them to continue to dream. I don’t know if we are a contender at this moment. February is a big month and after that month I can say something more realistic.”