Ranieri: Leicester City can enjoy the rest of the season

Leicester City's Claudio Ranieri takes to the touchline before his team's English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday Feb. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

After narrowly avoiding relegation last term, the Foxes have taken the Premier League by storm this season and are closing in on the title after defeating rivals Manchester City.

A delighted Claudio Ranieri admitted that his Leicester City side could win the Premier League title after dispatching of rivals Manchester City 3-1 on Saturday.

The Italian manager has led the Foxes to the top of the table, despite being tipped to be relegated at the beginning of the season. However, the former Roma coach insisted he just wanted his players to enjoy the rest of the season, having achieved their primary objectives.

“At the beginning of the season our target was survival,” Ranieri told reporters after the match. “Now that we have confirmed our status we can have fun until the end of the campaign.

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“It’s a crazy Premier League this year and who says we can’t win it? There are many superb teams but we will try our best.

“I want to wait until April before saying too much, as the last few games of the season are always the toughest. But our advantage over the others is that there is no pressure on us.”

Having been labelled the favourite to be the first managerial casualty of the English Premier League, Ranieri has defied all expectations but was quick to reject the significance of Leicester being named the favourites to win the title.

“The bookmakers have made us the favourites now,” the 64-year-old continued. “I do not take much interest, as at the start of the season they said I would be the first to lose my job.”

Leicester currently sit top of the table with 13 matches remaining.

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