Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri says that he will not think about his side’s Premier League title chances until April, despite being top of the league at Christmas.
The Foxes continued their sensational run of form with a 3-2 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday to ensure they will be top of the tree on December 25.
Riyad Mahrez scored a penalty in each half to make it 2-1 after Romelu Lukaku’s eighth goal in as many matches briefly equalised, but Shinji Okazaki added the third before Kevin Mirallas’ late strike gave home fans hope of securing a draw.
Leicester’s fortunes come only 12 months after they were bottom of the Premier League and favourites for relegation.
Five of the last six teams to have topped the table at Christmas have gone on to win the league, but Ranieri is refusing to get carried away.
Speaking after the game, the Italian said: “I am very, very honest. If we stay there at the end of April, I will think about the title. Now I just enjoy it.
“That is football. Football is crazy. If it is crazy in this way, I am very happy.”
Asked if he would enjoy his Christmas, Ranieri added: “With the turkey, very good. No lasagne, (it’s) too heavy. But no clean sheet (means) no pizza.
“We are on a good run and are in good form. Today was a difficult match, Everton are a good team and they move the ball so quickly.
“We were very concentrated to not allow them much space. In the first half we didn’t react well. In the second we were much better.”
The Premier League’s 15-goal leading scorer Jamie Vardy did not add to his tally but had a hand in all three goals before he was replaced late on by Leonard Ulloa.
Ranieri said there was no problem with the England international, saying: “He’s a little tired but it’s nothing serious and I put Ulloa on to keep possession.”