Claudio Ranieri insists he will congratulate Tottenham if they manage to pip Leicester City to the Premier League title.
Leicester moved seven points clear of second-placed Spurs with a 2-0 win over Sunderland on Sunday, and need just three wins from their final five games to win a first top-flight crown.
Ranieri says he is not concerned with whether Mauricio Pochettino’s side drop points to aid their challenge and is only focused on his team extending their run of five straight victories.
However, the Italian manager says he would not begrudge Spurs the title should they manage to reel the Foxes in.
“I’m not focused on what other clubs are doing. Instead I look at what I have to do to improve my side,” Ranieri told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“That is our goal and if Tottenham is able to overtake us, I would have to congratulate them as that is part of sports.
“We haven’t won yet. We’ve reached the Champions League, actually just the play-offs, but our last five matches are difficult. Tottenham aren’t giving up and we must remain focused.”
Ranieri did, however, laud the work-rate and mentality of his team, who were tipped for relegation at the start of the campaign.
“They are great players that are facing a historical moment in their life with a lot of responsibility,” he added.
“We work hard during the week, then the match arrives, but we laugh and smile in the dressing room before then. Nobody ever holds back.”
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