Leicester boss Ranieri: It’s like nobody wants to win the league

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Halfway through the season, it has been one of the most unpredictable campaigns in Premier League history.

Heading into 2016, Leicester City sit second in the Premier League and defending champions Chelsea sit 14th. Newly promoted Watford are eighth and Crystal Palace fifth.

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Surprise title-contenders Leicester earned a point on Tuesday with a scoreless draw against heavyweights Manchester City, another big result in a season the Foxes’ boss Claudio Ranieri described as “crazy.”

Speaking after the Manchester City match, Ranieri joked that it was almost like “nobody wants to win the league.”

I think we made a very good match. It was difficult. We played well, we created some chances. I wanted to see how my players responded after the Liverpool defeat and they responded well.

Every match is difficult for us. This league is very crazy…nobody wants to win the league. It’s very strange. We’re the basement and the other teams are a villa with a swimming pool. It’s not easy for us but we want to fight with everybody. It’s a miracle what we’re doing.

His analogy of Leicester as the basement and other teams as villas with swimming pools was on full display on Tuesday, as the Foxes’ starting XI cost $32.5 million compared to Manchester City’s lineup costing $473 million.

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Despite sitting tied on points at the top of the table through 19 matches, Ranieri is still downplaying his team’s chances of winning the title. However, based on recent play, it surely looks like the Leicester players think they can.