News ID: 150518
Published: 0848 GMT April 30, 2016

Ranieri: money does not guarantee success

Ranieri: money does not guarantee success

Claudio Ranieri said money does not guarantee success but admits it is ‘only once in a lifetime’ that a team such as Leicester will contend for the Premier League title.

The Foxes have lost just three times in the league this season and are currently on the brink of becoming champions, leading second-placed Tottenham by seven points with three games remaining, reported.

Leicester travels to Manchester United today, while Tottenham will head to Stamford Bridge to face last year's champions Chelsea on Monday.

While the league leader has spent less than £30m on its squad since last summer, United has fielded side that has cost over £200m.

Shinji Okazaki was Leicester's biggest outlay at a reported £7m, while United splashed out £25m on Memphis Depay, plus an initial £36m for Anthony Martial, so Ranieri feels money does not have to be a defining factor.

"Once in a life it can happen," said Ranieri, adding, "That is football. Once every 50 years a little team with less money can beat the biggest ones.

"If there are 20 teams who spend millions of pounds, at the end of the season only one will win the title and three will go down. Now there are very special circumstances: The big teams don't have the consistency and normal teams have the consistency during the season.

"From August to April and now it's important to keep the same consistency in May. I'm waiting for next season, United at the top, Chelsea at the top, Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal and we are fighting."

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