‘We don’t have to win the league’, says laid-back Ranieri

Date published: Saturday 6th February 2016 3:37

Claudio Ranieri: Hopes this season has ending like an American movie

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri played down his team’s title chances after the win at Manchester City and claimed his side “don’t have to win the league”.

Leicester outclassed their title rivals to win 3-1 and take over as the 7/4 shots to win the Premier League after starting the season as 5000/1 no hopers.

Ranieri’s men were simply brilliant as two goals from Robert Huth and superb strike from Riyad Mahrez, after a sweeping fast break, stunned City and the fans’ feelgood factor created by the impeding arrival of Pep Guardiola.

The victory moves Leicester, who face Arsenal at The Emirates next Sunday, six points clear at the top of the table with 13 games to go.

“We played very, very compact and believed everything could be possible,” Ranieri told BBC Sport.

“We play without pressure because we don’t have to win the league. We must enjoy. This league is so strange and now it is important to think about Arsenal.

“I want to wait until the end of April because I know the last matches are very tough. This is a fantastic moment for the Premier League, nobody knows who can win it.

“I hope my players didn’t feel pressure. We have to enjoy, with a lot of confidence match after match and step by step.”

Here are the 13 matches which stand between the Foxes and the Premier League title:

Arsenal (away, Sunday February 14, 1200)

Norwich (home, Saturday February 27, 1500)

West Brom (home, Tuesday March 1, 1945)

Watford (away, Saturday March 5, 1730)

Newcastle (home, Monday March 14, 2000)

Crystal Palace (away, Saturday March 19, 1500)

Southampton (home, Saturday April 2, 1500)

Sunderland (away, Saturday April 9, 1500)

West Ham (home, Saturday April 16, 1500)

Swansea (home, Saturday April 23, 1500)

Manchester United (away, Saturday April 30, 1500)

Everton (home, Saturday May 7, 1500)

Chelsea (away, Sunday May 15, 1500)

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