Now's the right moment to push for the title, says Leicester's Ranieri

Apr 24, 2016, 09:33 IST | AFP

London: Humble Leicester City’s quasi-miraculous quest for the EPL title has captivated imaginations around the world, but now, Claudio Ranieri’s men must finish the job.

Claudio Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri

Five points clear of second-place Tottenham Hotspur, the 5,000-1 outsiders embark upon a defining run of four matches on Sunday when Swansea City visit the King Power Stadium. All season long, Ranieri has played the caution card, checking off Leicester’s achievements one by one — survival, European qualification, a Champions League berth — but now that the finishing line is in sight, he has urged his players to strike for home.

“Now we go straight away to try to win the title,” the Italian told his pre-match press conference. I wanted 79 points and we have to fight more now. I talk to my players: ‘Come on, now is the right moment to push.’ I am a positive man. If Tottenham go above us, congratulations, but I prefer to be five points ahead.”

Leicester’s fate is their own hands, but the mood music around the city has taken on a more ominous tone in the aftermath of last weekend’s chaotic 2-2 draw with West Ham. A loss on Sunday, and Spurs close in to within two points if they beat West Brom on Monday.

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