Claudio Ranieri is just a little bit nervous.
Leicester City sits top of the Premier League, seven points clear of second-place Tottenham Hotspur with five games to go.
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Many have already handed Leicester the title and tickets for their final home game are on sale for over $22,000 for a pair as their fans are already anticipating seeing captain Wes Morgan lift the Premier League trophy.
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Hold your horses. That’s the message from Ranieri, 64, as he spoke to Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport about the run-in.
“The last five matches will be terrible. Nothing is decided yet as far as the title is concerned,” Ranieri said. “We are in the Champions League, the preliminary round as things stand. But the title? Tottenham are not giving in and we have to stay focused. I never look for favours from other teams, just to perform my own job.
“This is our mission, to do the best we possibly can – then if Tottenham overtake us we will compliment them. It is the law of sport!”
Ranieri has already been named the Italian Coach of the Year back in his homeland, is sure to be crowned the best manager in England too and although he won’t admit it, his side are on the cusp of clinching the PL title in what would be one of the greatest shocks in sporting history.
Is it just me or is Ranieri letting his emotions out a little?
All season he’s been composed and calm but after Jamie Vardy struck twice to give the Foxes a 2-0 win away at Sunderland last time out, Ranieri seemed to shed a few tears as he celebrated with Leicester’s band of away fans at the Stadium of Light.
If Leicester keep their focus like they have all season then the last five games will be far from terrible. But if Ranieri’s men somehow let their grasp on the PL title slip in the final five games, I think terrible won’t come close to summing up their emotions…