Ranieri hopes bookies are right on Leicester’s title odds

Date published: Friday 12th February 2016 5:03

Claudio Ranieri: Wants to build something big at Leicester

Claudio Ranieri: Has guided Leicester to the top of the table

Claudio Ranieri defied the odds to stay in his job but hopes the bookmakers are right this time after making his Leicester team title favourites.

The Foxes are five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League ahead of Sunday’s trip to third-place Arsenal.

Last week’s 3-1 win at Manchester City saw them installed as favourites, having been considered a 5000-1 shot at the start of the campaign.

Ranieri was also fancied to be get the axe after succeeding Nigel Pearson, but now he hopes the bookmakers get it right.

“I hope the bookmakers, this time, are right but I am very pragmatic,” the Leicester manager said.

“Give me points and not words. We want to continue to dream – nobody wake us up, please.

“Every match is very tough, there are no easy matches. If Leicester are top of the league, that means there’s no easy match and it’s a very interesting Premier League so far. We want to maintain this level.

“Look how many journalists are here. Why? Because of what happened. It’s a great story so why the pressure? Let’s enjoy.

“It’s a 12-point gap (to fifth place and) for us to achieve the Champions League would be fantastic. I don’t think where we can finish at the end.

“Life is very short and it’s important to be happy. I make a good experience but sometimes you need a bad experience.”

January signing Daniel Amartey will not feature as he continues to gain fitness following his move from Copenhagen, while Jeff Schlupp (hamstring) and Matty James (knee) are out.

Ranieri has never beaten Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in a domestic competition, but won 2-1 at Highbury as Chelsea boss in the 2004 Champions League quarter-finals.

“The last time I met him, I won 2-1 in the Champions League quarter final. He forgot but I remember. I will tell him Sunday ‘when you lose, you forgot’,” Ranieri joked.

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