London: Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has scoffed at suggestions that the Premier League leaders are under increased pressure ahead of their trip to title rivals Arsenal on Sunday.
Frontrunners: Claudio Ranieri
Long considered plucky overachievers, Leicester went five points clear after winning 3-1 at Manchester City last weekend and were subsequently installed as title favourites by some British bookmakers.
They can put eight points between themselves and third-place Arsenal if they win at the Emirates Stadium and Ranieri says that their new status as front-runners is something to be savoured.
Arsenal feeling the heat
"The pressure is for the other teams, not us," the Italian, whose club have never finished higher than second in the English top flight, told his pre-match press conference.
"The money and the big gap? We have pressure for our little gap, Arsenal have more pressure because they have spent more money.
"Tell me why I must feel pressure? We are close to continuing to dream with our fans. Nobody wake us up please."
With City and second-place Tottenham Hotspur guaranteed to take points from each other on Sunday, Ranieri's side have an extra incentive to claim a first win at Arsenal since September 1973.