News ID: 137879
Published: 0656 GMT March 06, 2016

Ranieri: Run fast to title

Ranieri: Run fast to title

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri insisted he wants to run ‘very, very fast’ to the Premier League title and not look back.

Leicester moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win at Watford on Saturday — a result which saw the team backed into evens in the Premier League winners market.

But having begun the season expecting a battle relegation, Ranieri believes that with just nine games to go there is no pressure on his players to see the job through, skysports.com reported.

“I don’t want to know who’s behind us, I just want to run very, very fast,” he told Saturday Night Football. 

“I tell my players that every game is a final. I don’t know how many points. At the end of the first part of the season when we achieved 39 points, I said I wanted to achieve one more. 79? I don’t know if that will be enough but I will be happy. Of course now we are running for something special — why not?”

The victory marks a remarkable turnaround for Leicester which, at the same stage last season, was seven points from safety rooted firmly to the bottom of the league.

City doesn't have to face any of its title rival in the run-in and has a favorable fixture list coming up that sees the team takes on Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Sunderland in its next four games.

“This is a good moment for us but there are nine matches left,” Ranieri said.

“Again we have to fight. Every match now is very difficult and will be a battle, not only for us but for all teams in the league as there are teams that want to achieve the Premier League, Champions League and Europa League. It will be a fantastic end to the season.”

   
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