Claudio Ranieri still believes Arsenal and Manchester City is in the Premier League title race.
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Despite league leaders Leicester City going five points clear of second-place Tottenham Hotspur after beating Newcastle United on Monday, their manager is failing to get ahead of himself.
Leicester need just 20 points from their remaining eight games to win the PL, which would be arguably the greatest achievement in league history.
Asked by the media following if Arsenal and Man City was now out of the race to win the PL, Ranieri was adamant it’s still a four-horse race.
“No, the race is open,” Ranieri said. “There are so many people who are dreaming, but we have to continue to work hard. I want to fight every match. Now our concentration is about Crystal Palace, another difficult match. We will go to battle there.”
It certainly seems like it’s now a two-horse race between Leicester and Spurs for the title.
I said as much in my latest Premier League Playback column and I just can’t see Arsenal making up an 11-point gap on Leicester or Man City making up a 12-point deficit with a game in-hand.
Both Arsenal and Man City have been in poor form recently and show no signs of launching a late title bid to usurp both Leicester and Spurs by winning their last nine games on the spin.
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The Foxes have ground out three 1-0 wins in their last four games, and have put in far from stellar performances but are getting the job done. As for their illustrious rivals, at least in Ranieri’s eyes, Arsenal has just one PL win in their last four games and Man City has one victory in their last five.
Ranieri is trying to pile the pressure on anybody he can, but it now seems like a straight shot between Leicester and Spurs for the title.
Sooner or later he will have to accept that.